A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal way to have a person act on your behalf. The POA gives someone else the right to act on your behalf on matters that you list in the POA.
What is a Power of Attorney?
A power of attorney is a written document that gives one person the authority to act on another’s behalf for any legal or economic issues for a specified period of time. For service members, this period of time is typically the expected length of the deployment plus three months in case the deployment is extended. The individual designated in the power of attorney document should be your spouse, parent or trusted friend since it gives that person the expressed written permission to act on your behalf.
A power of attorney is a distinct document from a last will and testament (and who you may have appointed to be your executor). The legal rights of a power of attorney cease at the end of a period of time specified in the document or upon your death. In the event of death, the executor named in the last will and testament assumes the responsibilities of the estate.