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“Drafting a Property Power of Attorney: A Comprehensive Guide”

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A Property Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants an individual (the agent) the authority to make decisions and take actions regarding another person’s (the principal’s) property. This document is particularly important for property management, especially when the principal is unable to manage their property due to absence, illness, or incapacity.


Creating a Property POA is essential when a property owner wishes to delegate management responsibilities of their real estate assets. This may include buying, selling, maintaining, or managing real estate properties. The POA becomes effective under the conditions specified by the principal, such as immediately upon signing, or upon the occurrence of a future event (e.g., the principal’s incapacitation).

How to Draft

To draft a Property Power of Attorney:

  1. Principal and Agent Information: Start with the full legal names and addresses of the principal and the chosen agent.
  2. Description of Powers: Clearly specify the powers granted to the agent. This can range from general management duties to specific actions like selling a particular property.
  3. Effective Date and Duration: State when the POA will become effective and its duration. Specify if it is durable (continues upon incapacitation) or springing (becomes effective upon a specific event).
  4. Revocation Terms: Include terms under which the POA can be revoked or altered.
  5. Signature and Witnesses: The principal must sign the document, ideally in the presence of witnesses or a notary public.


While a Property POA does not usually require filing with a government agency, it should be registered or recorded in some cases, especially if it involves transactions related to real estate. Keep original signed copies in a secure but accessible place, and provide copies to the agent and relevant financial or legal advisors.


A Property Power of Attorney is a powerful legal tool that ensures continued management of real estate assets when the owner is not in a position to do so. It provides peace of mind to the principal and clear authority to the agent. Accurate drafting, understanding the powers granted, and proper execution are essential to creating an effective POA that reflects the principal’s wishes.