A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another’s agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
State Law
Alaska
means the designation of an agent to make health care decisions for the individual granting the power Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
Arizona
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal Arizona Laws 14-13102
California
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of the principal California Probate Code 871
Florida
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal pursuant to chapter 709 Florida Statutes 740.002 means a writing that grants authority to an agent to act in the place of the principal, whether or not the term is used in that writing Florida Statutes 709.2102
Hawaii
means the designation of an agent to make mental health care decisions for the principal granting the power Hawaii Revised Statutes 327G-2
Idaho
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal Idaho Code 15-14-102
Indiana
means a record that grants an attorney in fact authority to act in the place of a principal Indiana Code 32-39-1-20
Kentucky
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal Kentucky Statutes 395A.020 means a writing or other record that grants authority to an agent to act in the place of the principal, whether or not the term power of attorney is used Kentucky Statutes 457.020
Michigan
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal Michigan Laws 700.1002
Minnesota
means a validly executed power of attorney Minnesota Statutes 523.03
Montana
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal Montana Code 72-31-402 means a writing or other record that grants authority to an agent to act in the place of the principal, whether or not the term power of attorney is used Montana Code 72-31-302
New York
means a written document, other than a document referred to in section 5-1501C of this title, by which a principal with capacity designates an agent to act on his or her behalf and includes both a statutory short form power of attorney and a non-statutory power of attorney N.Y. General Obligations Law 5-1501
Ohio
means a writing or other record that grants authority to an agent to act in the place of the principal Ohio Code 2137.01
Utah
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal Utah Code 75-11-102
Vermont
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal
Virginia
means a record that grants an agent authority to act in the place of a principal Virginia Code 64.2-116