California Probate Code Section 4402 provides that a power of attorney is legally sufficient if the wording in the document complies closely with California Probate Code Section 4401, the form is properly completed and the principal’s signature is acknowledged.
California Probate Code Section 4401 provides a free form power of attorney that meets the requirements of California Probate Code Section 4402. The powers granted by a power of attorney are broad and sweeping. Those powers are explained in Probate Code Sections 4400-4409 and Sections 4450-4465.
The power of attorney is just one piece of an entire basic estate plan. The other parts of a California estate plan consist of a living trust, a will and an advance health care directive. To discuss estate planning in more detail, call California attorney Mitchell A. Port.