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What is a Power of Attorney (POA)?  
A Power of Attorney (POA) is an instrument that is gives legal authority to another person (called an Agent or Attorney-in-Fact) to make property, financial and other legal decisions for the person who signs (executes) a POA (also called the Principal). POAs can give an Agent broad legal authority, or very limited authority. For example, a General Power of Attorney is very broad and is usually used to allow your Agent to handle all your affairs during a period of time when you are unable to do so such as when you are out of the country (such as deployed overseas) or physically/mentally unable to handle your affairs. A General POA is frequently included as part of an estate plan. A more restrictive POA might be drawn up to allow another person to sell your vehicle or to act on your behalf for emergency medical care for your children while you are deployed. Care should be taken to ensure that the individual you select can be trusted with the responsibility (and authority) granted by a POA. Your military community Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) Office can assist you (and your authorized family members) with POAs.
Keywords: POA, Lawyer, Legal representative, Legal

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Army Family Team Building
Family Program Coordinator US Army National Guard Verbal
Soldier and Family Assistance Program Manager US ARMY RECRUITING COMMAND (USAREC) Pamphlet 608-5 A Guide for Soldier and Family Assistance Programs Verbal
Staff Judge Advocate Verbal
U.S. Army Reserve Family Program Director Verbal

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