Free California Power of Attorney Forms

A California power of attorney is a document used by people who want to delegate certain matters to someone else (an agent, a friend, a family member, and so on). For instance, those who need to officially designate an agent who will be able to sell or buy their real property can use one of the POA templates.

Residents in California use POA forms in many different cases. Below, we offer a guide that contains info about various POA types used in the state and each type’s template you can download. There is a couple of official templates provided by the local authorities that we will also mention later: Statutory Durable Power Of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directive Form, Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Minor(s), Form Reg 260 for vehicles, and FTB 3520 for tax matters.

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Durable power of attorney form in California is a template you can fill out and sign if you want to let someone make decisions about your finances and relevant matters if you are incapable. Such forms become extremely helpful if a principal (who has previously signed the document) faces a harsh illness or any incident that leads to incapacity.

Also Known As California DPOA
Signing Requirements Notary or Two (2) Witnesses
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Medical power of attorney in California is called the Advance Health Care Directive form. The document allows you to choose someone from your family, friends, or any other individual who will be eligible to decide everything regarding your health care if you are unable to do so.

Also Known As Health Care POA or MPOA
Signing Requirements Notary or Two (2) Witnesses
Download PDF Template | Advance Health Care Directive

General power of attorney is a legal form with which you can share your rights to operate your own property and finances with other people. For instance, if you want to grant your spouse the right to use your money, the form will work. However, it becomes invalid when you either die or become incapacitated.

Also Known As General (Financial) POA
Signing Requirements Notary or Two (2) Witnesses
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Limited power of attorney is a form you can use if you need to transfer only certain responsibilities to your agent, friend, or family member.

Also Known As Special POA
Signing Requirements Notary or Two (2) Witnesses
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Child power of attorney in California is called the Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Minor(s) and allows parents to choose a certain person who they trust to care about their child (or children) when the parents are absent.

Also Known As Minor POA
Signing Requirements Petitioner(s) and Agent(s)
Download PDF Template | Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Minor(s)

Real estate power of attorney form allows any real property owner to select someone who will deal with this property when the owner is unavailable: for instance, selling, purchasing, renting, and other actions.

Also Known As Limited Real Estate POA
Signing Requirements Notary or Two (2) Witnesses
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State tax power of attorney (FTB 3520 in California) lets a principal designate an agent or accountant who will complete all operations tied to the principal’s taxes. The agent will also interact with the California Tax Service Center on the principal’s behalf.

Also Known As Tax POA
Signing Requirements Principal
Download FTB 3520

Vehicle power of attorney (form REG 260) proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles is used when a vehicle owner needs to select a person who will be able to complete various actions with the vehicle: for instance, to register the vehicle or get a title certificate.

Also Known As DMV POA
Signing Requirements Principal Only
Download PDF Template | REG 260

Revocation power of attorney is a form that cancels any POA forms created by the principal. If a principal wants to make a POA invalid, they should create a revocation form and send it to all their agents.

Also Known As POA Termination Form
Signing Requirements Notarization is Advised
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Published: Oct 1, 2020
Mara Erlach
Mara Erlach
Writer & Attorney
Mara has been practicing estate planning and trust law in California since 2003, taking pride in helping clients of all backgrounds and asset profiles form a complete and customized estate plan. Her specialties are: estate planning, wills and trusts, trust and probate administration.