Washington Durable Financial Power of Attorney Form

The Washington durable financial power of attorney form is a legal document that is made available to a designated Agent to act on behalf of a Principal to allow the Agent to have complete control, not only over the entire estate belonging to the Principal but this also includes a health care powers instrument. Prior to completion of the document, the Principal may wish to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to ensure that they understand the full impact of the possible implications of the form and to possibly employ legal assistance, in completing the document.

How to Write

Step 1 – Record Request – Enter:

  • The Principal’s full name and address for filing

Step 2 – The Parties – Provide the following:

  • Submit the Principal’s name
  • Agent’s name

Step 3 – Powers – The Principal must review sections A and B before proceeding:

  • Section C – Initial the line to authorize the Agent to impose any revocation of community property
  • Section D – Principal may authorize the Agent to make gifts of their property

Step 4 – Effective Date of Powers, Revocation and Disposition of Remains –

  • Initial line 1,2 or 3 to indicate the Principal’s selection of the effectiveness of the document

Step 5 – Lettered Sections –

  • The Principal must carefully review sections B through E before proceeding

Step 6 – Rights and Duties of the Agent – Agent must review:

  • A -Read the “Hold Harmless” clause
  • B – Agent must read and agree to the accounting requirements

Step 7 – Nomination of Guardian –

  • The Principal must read and agree to nomination of the Agent to also be appointed as Guardian

Step 8 – Appointment of Alternate Agent –

  • Enter the name of an alternate agent in the event the initial agent become unwilling or unable to act
  • Cross out the paragraph if there will be no named alternate agent
  • Enter the date of certification of this section in mm/dd/yyyy
  • A notary will complete this section in acknowledgment

Step 9 – Certification of Incapacity (by Agent) – Enter the following:

  • Read the statement and enter the date in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Agent’s sigmature
  • Printed name
  • Agent’s physical address
  • Agent’s complete telephone number

Step 10 – Doctor’s Certification of Incapacity –

  • Doctor must review and agree to the statement
  • Date the statement in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Doctor’s Signature
  • Printed name
  • Address
  • Telephone number

Step 11 – Certification of Incapacity – Alternate Doctors:

  • Alternate Doctors must review and agree to the statement
  • Each Doctor must provide their respective signatures
  • Printed names
  • Addresses
  • Telephone numbers