Rhode Island Power of Attorney Forms


The Rhode Island power of attorney forms are legal documents that assist in electing an individual, known as the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact,” to make monetary and health care decisions on behalf of a Rhode Island resident. One of the main benefits of this form is that it can be made durable, meaning it can remain in effect if the principal should become mentally incompetent. Incapacitation by advanced age, dementia, or by an accident is common among senior citizens. Therefore, signing either the durable financial or health care power of attorney documents will guarantee that the principal’s future requests will be made even if they can no longer speak for themselves. Under Rhode Island power of attorney law, all documents must be signed with at least two (2) witnesses or a notary public in order to become valid.

Laws – Chapter 18-16 (Rhode Island Short Form Power of Attorney Act) & Chapter 23-4.10 (Health Care Power of Attorney)



The Rhode Island durable financial power of attorney form allows a principal to name an individual, known as the attorney-in-fact, to manage their monetary and business affairs. With a “Durable” financial power of attorney, the authority of the attorney-in-fact become effective immediately. Alternatively, with a “Springing” durable financial power of attorney, the representative only begins his or her task if and when the principal becomes…

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The Rhode Island general power of attorney form permits a principal to designate an agent to handle all their financial, business, and investment affairs while they are mentally competent. The person chosen by the principal is legally referred to as an “agent” or “attorney-in-fact,” and the responsibilities granted in the form allow for the unrestricted financial representation on the principal’s behalf. The agent may not…

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The Rhode Island limited power of attorney form allows for a principal to describe in writing what types of power he or she would like to grant to another person. The representation must be finance-related and may pertain to any business, asset, or investment transaction made on the principal’s behalf. Limited power of attorney documents in Rhode Island terminate in one of the following ways: Upon…

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The Rhode Island medical power of attorney form authorizes a principal to nominate an agent to make all their health care decisions if they can no longer do so. The usual choices for the agent are the principal’s spouse, child, a close friend, or relative. In Rhode Island, unless the agent is related to the principal, the individual cannot be a medical professional involved in the…

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The Rhode Island minor power of attorney form is a contract that can be used by parents to appoint an attorney-in-fact to look after the well being of their child during a period of absence. This type of appointment is usually only effective for a limited period of time, however, the principal (the parent) may set any contract length that they desire. The attorney-in-fact will…

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The Rhode Island real estate power of attorney form is a document that a property owner can use to supply their real estate agent with the ability to legally conduct business on their behalf. Generally speaking, this form is used to enable an agent to buy or sell real estate; however, the principal may choose to elect an individual to manage their property as well, which…

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The Rhode Island power of attorney form, known as RI-2848, allows for a person seeking to file their taxes with the Division of Taxation to elect a professional to handle the filing on their behalf. The taxpayer authorizes the representative to collect checks, execute waivers and closing agreements, receive confidential information, and represent them at court reviews and hearings (only possible if the representative is…

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