How to Stop a Power of Attorney


There is a specific process to employ to stop a power of attorney. Although you may have any one of a number of different reasons to terminate a power of attorney, the procedure for doing so is the same no matter what state you live in in the U.S. By adhering to this long established process, you will be able to rescind a power of attorney promptly and effectively.

Things You'll Need

  • Written document terminating power of attorney
  • Original power of attorney
  • Contact the individual you granted your power of attorney and advise that you are terminating the power of attorney itself. Making a phone call or sending that individual an email will put them on notice of your intent to stop a power of attorney.

  • Draft the document to terminate a power of attorney. Include within the document a statement indicating your express desire to terminate the power of attorney, the date the power of attorney went into effect and the name of the individual who was designated you agent or attorney-in-fact in that original document.

  • Sign the document rescinding your power of attorney in front of a notary public.

  • Deliver a copy of the termination document to the agent or attorney-in-fact named in your power of attorney. Either hand deliver the document ending the power of attorney to the agent (with a witness) or send it to that individual via certified mail, return receipt requested.

  • Obtain the original power of attorney from your agent when providing the document to revoke power of attorney.

  • Destroy the original power of attorney by physically removing the signature block on the document.

  • Provide a copy of the termination of a power of attorney to all financial institutions and an other entity that previously was provided your power of attorney or that dealt with your agent.


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