On July 2, 2014, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Act 95 of 2014 which makes substantial changes to Pennsylvania’s power of attorney law.
A power of attorney (POA) is a document which gives you the authority to appoint an agent to make both financial and health care decisions on your behalf if you become disabled or incapacitated. It is a very important legal document.
Under the new law, when you prepare your POA, it must be witnessed by two individuals and notarized.
Additionally, there are changes to the current notice and acknowledgment pages. As the person making the POA, you sign the notice page. The notice page informs you of the broad powers you are giving to your agent. The acknowledgment page must be signed by your agent before he or she uses the power of attorney. By signing, your agent agrees to act in your best interests, in good faith, and only within the scope of authority given the agent in the POA.