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Power of Attorney - Do it Yourself

Contents
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Click "Proceed" above to get to the guided interview. If you only want the form by itself, click "PDF" below.

Step 1

About this Program

Welcome! This free program helps you create a Power of Attorney (POA) in Minnesota. 

The program works by asking you questions. It uses your answers to fill out your form. You can print your form, get it notarized, and give it to your Attorney(s)-in-Fact.

It could take up to an hour to get through the interview. If you don't have enough time to finish, save your answers by creating an account with LawHelp Interactive. You can create an account now or any time during the interview.

Before you start the interview, you need to read the instructions on the next 3 tabs. 

To continue, click on the green Step 2 tab above.

Step 2

 About this Power of Attorney

This program uses a standard Power of Attorney form that is recognized that is recognized and accepted in all of Minnesota.

POA Quick Definitions
  • Principal: The person who names someone else to help handle legal and financial matters.
  • Attorney-in-Fact: The person who gets the power to handle legal and financial matters for the Principal.
  • Successor Attorney-in-Fact: Someone who can take over if the Attorney-in-Fact has to stop.

NOTE: When you name an Attorney-in-Fact, it doesn't mean you give up power over your legal and financial matters. it only means that your Attorney-in-Fact also has power over those matters.

What information will you need? 

Before you start the interview, make sure you have the following information. First, you need a name and address for:

  • Yourself
  • Any Attorney-in-Fact
  • Any Successor Attorney-in-Fact
  • Anyone who will receive accountings that show what your Attorney-in-Fact has done (this can be a lawyer, an accountant, or a trusted friend - also optional)

Also, if you want to give your Attorney-in-Fact power over real estate transactions, but you want to limit that power to a certain property, you will need to provide the "legal description" of that property.

You can find the legal description on the property deed. Do not use the description on your real estate tax statement. It should look something like this:

"LOT 10 BLOCK 240 AND N. 30 FT OF LOT
11 bLOCK 240 COUNTY ..."

It is very important that you copy the description exactly as it appears on the deed. Mistakes can lead to problems - they can even make it so your Power of Attorney can not be used.

If you have property outside Minnesota and you want your Power of Attorney to handle it, you should contact a Legal Aid lawyer or a private attorney. This program is not for you.

 Read the Power of Attorney Fact Sheet for more information.

To continue, click on the green Step 3 tab above.

Step 3

What Does Your Computer Need?
This interview will only work on a desktop computer. If you only have a mobile device, go to a library or other location with a desktop computer and printer. If you are at a library, you can skip this step of instructions. Public computers already have these programs installed. If you are using your own computer, make sure your computer has the following:

1.   Microsoft Word or Word Viewer

If you don't have Microsoft Word, you can use Word Viewer to view, copy, and print your forms (but it won't let you make changes.) Click here to get Word Viewer for free.

(Note: Microsoft Word Pad is not the same as Microsoft Word and will not work with this program.)

2.   Adobe Flash Player

If you don't have Adobe Flash Player, click here to get the newest version for free.

To continue, click on the green Step 4 tab above.

Step 4

 

Click "Proceed" above to get to the guided interview. If you only want the form by itself, click "PDF" below.