Executing a Power of Attorney (POA) document is important for a wide range of reasons. From a financial perspective, your designated Attorney-in-fact (also known as Agent) would be able to act on your behalf in situations such as filing taxes, selling property, refinancing a mortgage or cashing checks. You should not execute a power of attorney unless you have complete faith in your designated Attorney-in Fact (Agent). As a convenience, Bank of America customers, in most states, may establish a Limited Power of Attorney for banking transactions by contacting your local financial center. However, your personal attorney can provide you with a General Power of Attorney form, which may cover many types of assets and transactions.
Note, to set up a Power of Attorney in the financial center, the Attorney-in-Fact (Agent) will need to be present to sign a Power of Attorney Signature Card Addendum for each account you wish to give them authority. As the Principal who executed the Power of Attorney, you may revoke it at any time, but you would need to inform the bank of any changes. A Power of Attorney terminates automatically at the death of the Principal.
*Currently, an Attorney-in-Fact cannot access a Principal’s accounts via Online Banking. However, access is available through the contact centers and financial centers.