A lot of people have been asking for it, so here is the general power of attorney form that can be used in Louisiana. Yes, it’s free. Yes, it’s durable. No, this does not create an attorney/client relationship. If you need an attorney, stop reading online and go hire one. You can also call me, George Tull, at 225-907-5280 for help. I can visit with you anywhere in the Baton Rouge area (even the hospital) so that we can discuss your needs.
Before I show you the link (fine, here it is: LOUISIANA DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY), let’s go over some basics. For our scenario we are going to have mom (Stacey Richard) and daughter (Jaci Richard) as the characters.
Let’s say that mom is sick. She just went to the hospital, and she is expected to be there for a month. Mom is sound of mind (she knows who she is and what is going on), but she won’t be able to leave the hospital for anything. Mom is worried about who is going to take care of her banking business, collecting the rent money from her apartment tenants, and of course paying all of her bills.
Mom’s only daughter is Jaci. Mom trusts her daughter completely, and she wants daughter to take care of everything. What is mom going to do?
Mom can easily create a power of attorney whereby mom (Principal) grants certain powers to her daughter (Agent). The Agent will be able to act for the Principal, just as if the Principal was there, on any matter/power granted in the power of attorney (POA). Better yet, third parties (bank, hospital, etc.) will recognize the POA, and allow the Agent to conduct business on the Principal’s behalf, as long as that power way conveyed in the POA.
So mom and daughter decide to create a power of attorney. They are smart, so they call George (225-907-5280) for help. George goes to Our Lady Of The Lake to meet with them. We all fill out the POA, everyone signs it, the witnesses sign it, and of course George notarizes the form. Now the daughter can present the POA at the bank, hospital, and anywhere else she needs to. Until mom cancels it, her daughter has the ability to act on her behalf, as expressed in the POA.
If you decide to not call George for help, let’s go over what you need to do:
1- Print three copies of the free Louisiana General Durable Power Of Attorney Form located here: LOUISIANA DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY
2- On page 1, fill in the parish at the top.
3- On page 1, fill in all of the blanks in the opening section under “Durable General Power Of Attorney”. The first blank is for the Principal. In our scenario we would put Stacey Richard. The next blank is where you would place the last four numbers of her Social Security number. The next blank is for the Principal’s address. The next one is for the Agent. In our case we would write the daughter’s name, or Jaci Richard. Then we put the last four of the Agent’s Social Security number in. Lastly, fill out the Agent’s address.
4- Have the principal sign at the bottom of every page. Yes, every single page.
5- Do not touch the last page, page 7, until you are in front of a notary public. Remember that if you are anywhere near Baton Rouge you can call me at 225-907-5280 for help. I will travel to you 24/7! In front of the notary, the Principal, Agent and two witnesses will sign it. The notary will then date, sign and stamp it.
6- I always recommend that you have three original copies, so follow the above instructions on the two other copies.
7- Now you have three original copies of the POA. The Principal should retain one copy, and the Agent should keep the other two.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call me at 225-907-5280.