wikiHow to Obtain Power of Attorney in Indiana

Accidents, unexpected absences or sudden illness can occur at any time. When these events happen, you may not have the ability to make decisions. A power of attorney is a legal document to assist you during life changing events. The document allows you to appoint someone or an attorney-in-fact to make decisions for you. The document can take effect immediately after it's created or at the time you can no longer make decisions for yourself. However, you must know how to obtain a power of attorney in Indiana before you have this legal protection.


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    Understand the different powers of attorney.
    • A limited power of attorney provides someone with specific powers, such as deciding medical treatment when you're unable to make those decisions.
    • The durable power of attorney takes effect immediately after the document is created. A durable power of attorney stays in force regardless of your condition.
    • A general power of attorney allows the person you choose to manage your financial affairs. The general power of attorney can be for a specific amount of time or when you become incapacitated.
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    Understand Indiana state law regarding the power of attorney.
    • You can ask a lawyer, talk to a state representative or search online.
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    Select the attorney-in-fact.
    • The person should be someone you trust and who agrees to manage your affairs.
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    Decide how you want to create the power of attorney.
    • You can have a power of attorney drawn up by an Indiana lawyer.
    • You can also use an online legal website specializing in creating a power of attorney document.
    • You can use a recorded copy of a power of attorney.
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    Create the power of attorney. According to Indiana state law, for the document to be valid, it must meet the following conditions:
    • Name your attorney-in-fact. Give your attorney-in-fact the right and ability to act on your behalf, either indefinitely or for a specific time.
    • Sign the document. You may have to sign the document in front of a notary public to make it legal.
    • Record the document with your local county recorder's office. You can also distribute the document to entities handling your affairs such as banks and hospitals.


  • You must include a "springing" in the document if you don't want your power of attorney to become effective immediately. The "springing" power of attorney allows you to make decisions about your life until you're no longer able to do so.


  • You can revoke your power of attorney at any time. However, you must be mentally competent. When revoking your power of attorney, you must write your wishes out and sign it in front of a notary public. The revocation must be given to the attorney-in-fact and to every entity involved such as the county recorder's office.

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