How to Revoke Power of Attorney (POA Part III)
You can revoke any type of Power of Attorney (including a durable POA) at any time, for any reason, as long as you are mentally competent. The revocation must be completed in writing, and typically includes the following information:
- Your name
- A statement affirming that you are of sound mind (mentally competent)
- A statement that you wish to revoke a previously designated Power of Attorney
- The date of the original POA
- The name of the previously designated agent
Although requirements vary by state, the revocation typically must be signed in front of a notary public and one or more additional witnesses to be valid. After signing, the revocation should be sent to the agent and any agencies or institutions that received a copy of the original POA.
Ideally you should also retrieve the original POA from the agent. If this is not possible, send the agent a certified letter informing them of the revocation.
Download: Power of Attorney revocation form.
The following resources are also available to answer additional questions about Power of Attorney:
- What is a Power of Attorney?
- Child Care Power of Attorney
- General vs. Special Power of Attorney
- Durable Power of Attorney
More information is available on the Power of Attorney page, including free general and special power of attorney forms.