Internationally acclaimed economist Milton Friedman was once quoted saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”, and today that quote is no less true. Another famous proverb is “Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot”, but why am I telling you this?
Many people believe they can get a power of attorney form, a legal form that is used to appoint an agent to act on their behalf, for free. No, unfortunately it’s not that simple. Why? Read any free legal form website, and you are guaranteed to see a disclaimer. It will entail something to the effect of, our legal forms are samples only, and are for educational purposes. In fact, their useless.
Keeping legal forms current with state laws, and regulations requires a lot of work. As you probably already know your state’s legislature is constantly passing new laws, and regulations. To keep legal forms current with those laws, and regulations legal form databases must stay busy making sure their legal forms are state specific. Power of attorney forms aren’t exempt from this change.
So, what should I look for to make sure my power of attorney forms are current, and comply with my state’s laws/regulations? First you want to look for a legal forms database that provides state specific forms. Second, look carefully for any disclaimers that basically say their legal forms are useless. Finally, look for a website that guarantees that you will be satisfied with the power of attorney form your getting. Keeping an eye on these three things will save you a lot of headache in the future.