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A limited power of attorney form sets out details of the scope of authority granted to a named and trusted ‘attorney’ by a ‘principal’ who wishes to forward plan for contingencies in their personal or professional life.

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Limited Power of Attorney Information

A Limited Power of Attorney is sometimes called a:

  • Specific Power of Attorney

What is a Limited Power of Attorney?

A Limited Power of Attorney form sets out details of the scope of authority granted to a named and trusted ‘attorney’ by a ‘principal’ who wishes to forward plan for contingencies in their personal or professional life.

This Form also covers:

  • the term or length of the powers delegated i.e. fixed or periodic
  • the amount and frequency of actions that might be required
  • specific details of authorized powers and limitations to powers.

Both the attorney and the principal should keep a copy of the signed legal document for their records.

What You Can Use This Power For

You can use this power for any type of activities carried out by the principal who is setting up contingencies for not being able to carry out their responsibilities, either due to anticipated absence or sickness contingency planning.

Who Needs a Limited Power of Attorney?

People who may find this information useful are:

  • Anyone over the age of 18 who anticipates not being able to manage their affairs, either due to physical or mental incapacity.
  • A named attorney or agent

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the biggest difference between durable or lasting power of attorney and limited power of attorney?

    • A special or limited power of attorney limits the attorney’s scope to act on behalf of a principal to particular specified purposes for when the principal isn’t available or is unable to do so.

  2. What issues can a limited power of attorney apply to? Should I establish separate powers of attorney?

    • Limited power of attorney can apply for a limited time period or a specific purpose. Examples of special powers to act on behalf of a principle include areas such as: health care, care and custody of children, real estate matters and buying, selling or disposal of assets.

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Limited Power of Attorney

A Limited Power of Attorney form sets out details of the scope of authority granted to a named and trusted ‘attorney’ by a ‘principal’ who wishes to forward plan for contingencies in their personal or professional life. It covers the term of delegated authority, amount of actions that might be required, regularity, and limitations to powers.

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