SJCERA Special Power of Attorney

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As is stated by the Probate Code of state California, an individual has the opportunity to create a legal document that can enable some appointed person to solve certain issues related to the retirement process on behalf of the form’s creator. The document’s title is a durable power of attorney. It covers the creator’s benefit-related decisions concerned by the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association, which stands behind the SJCERA abbreviation. In this article, we will go into details of the document and consider the filling procedure in 2021.

What Issues Does the Special POA Form Cover?

Let us consider two major objects of the SPOA form:

  • Setting the agent’s authority limits.
  • Designating the agent (also referred to as attorney-in-fact.)

As to the scope of the power of an agent, you should define all terms and conditions with embraced accuracy and simplicity: the more clear the document is formulated, the better. You should ensure the language you use to fill out the document is comprehensive and direct. Otherwise, the desires of the principal may not be fulfilled entirely.

Considering the agent’s selection, you may think of a relative, your colleague, or a close friend to choose them as your Attorney-in-Fact. The designated agent’s actions should aim at the best outcomes for the principal. If they aren’t, legal action will be needed to withdraw the agent’s authority.

Do I need a Lawyer to Fill out the Special POA Form?

There are certain issues that might arise on your way of filling out the form in question. Hiring an experienced attorney can be quite costly, but it can significantly increase the likelihood of the operation’s success. Errors are crucial and can affect the implementation of the principal’s wishes greatly. Meanwhile, you can always rely on the form-building software we offer to our website’s visitors: perhaps, the most effortless approach.

What are the situations when you may need an attorney:

  • When a grantor (a person who creates the document) wants to minimize the contest’s odds, a lawyer can bear responsibility for including any plausible capacity issue in the form.
  • If a grantor needs the form to be drafted or amended, an attorney specialist can be of great assistance.

Let us consider the sections you need to fill while designing the special power of attorney form and the instructions you need to follow to fill it out properly.

How to Fill out the Form

Ensure that all the required boxes are properly and clearly filled. Let us go through the sections of the form. There are nine sections in the document, each requesting different details:

Section 1

In this section, a principal intends to fill in their name, actual address, and social security number, and telephone number. Be careful filling out the information: accuracy is essential for document creation and will ensure the best result.

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Section 2

This part of the form is devoted to an agent’s designation. You can choose several attorneys-in-fact to make decisions on your behalf. If you want them to act together, you should check ‘jointly.’ All actions of the designated agents must be unanimous. If one attorney-in-fact is unable to fulfill their duty, other agents can take actions, but a granter is to figure out the order of the agents in which they are enabled to act. Fill in their names, birth details, addresses, social security numbers, and telephone contacts.

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Section 3

In this section, a granter enters general information about their decision to delegate certain authority to people who can act on the principal’s behalf in terms of SJCERA matters.

Among the actions concerned, there are the following:

  • Application filling
  • Benefits distribution
  • Entitling heirs
  • Warrant endorsing
  • Payment option selection

A principal can set limits to the agent’s authority by putting the information about it in the form.

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Section 4

Here, a principal can decide on the timeframe of the agent’s authority. The information about the document’s expiration and the agent’s personal details should be entered in this part of the form.

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Section 5

This section is intended to describe further details of the procedure and clarify them to the principal. Here it is noticed that your agent has no power to deal with your property unless you want them to do so. The character of the part is a warning, so you should be careful to read it and understand all the points included.

The statement concerns a broader spectrum of authority than one included in the SJCERA Special Power Of Attorney document. The warning part should be included in the form,  and the attorney’s assistance is required to ensure the correctness of the document.

Let us consider the essential statements a principle should keep in mind:

  • An agent has powers only if you designate them by the document.
  • An agent is enabled to deal with buying, selling, distributing, and disposing of your property. They cannot receive any item of your property as a present without your assent.
  • The agent is to be paid accordingly for their services.
  • To make amendments to the document, you will need to create a new one. You can make changes to the document until you are capable of doing so.
  • You should date the document and provide a public notary assessment. Also, you will need two witnesses to sign the form.
  • Details concerning the right of an agent to deal with the principal’s property should be stated in front of the notary public.
  • Ensure careful reading of the document and find mistakes to correct them.
  • Consult an attorney should you be unsure as to the purpose or the details of the document.

You should also add a principal’s name and social security number or SJCERA ID.

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Section 6

In this part, an attorney-in-fact is to agree upon receiving the responsibilities and duties from the principal. Let us consider them:

  • To take actions to ensure benefits to the principal.
  • To keep the property belonging to the principal distinctly from any other.

Legal action is inevitable for the agent if they transfer property without the principal’s permit and the documentation required. If the principal is over 65 years old, you can be accused of elder abuse. (See Penal Code Section 368)

In specific boxes, put agents’ names, signatures, and date of the creation of the form. Apart from criminal prosecution, you can face a civil court case.

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Section 7

This part is checked and signed by the creator of the document. Here, they state that they understand the purpose of the form and claim they fill it out of their own volition.

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Section 8

Information about witnesses (or a witness) is to be included in this part. Witnesses put their names, signatures, and addresses. They must be of age to be witnesses for the document. The section also needs to be dated.

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Section 9

The last section of the document is to be filled by a notary. They put here the information about the state, county, their own name, and date. It also contains a notary’s signature and official seal.

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