POA - General/Durable

DESCRIPTION: 

  • Other powers of attorney are also permissible to be used to conduct vehicle titling and registration related transactions on behalf of an owner or registrant:
    • “General Power of Attorney” – is a document that appoints an “attorney in fact” with the authority to conduct business and/or personal affairs on behalf of another.  These ‘contracts’ usually are short term in nature and are to be used by the “attorney in fact” in the owner or registrant’s absence, i.e., vacation, work abroad, military, etc. 
    • “Durable Power of Attorney” – is much like the General Power of Attorney but it is written to appoint an “attorney in fact” to conduct business and/or personal affairs on behalf of another due to health reasons, including and up to incapacitation, but is no longer valid upon the owner’s or registrant’s death.

NOTES:

  • In the State of Tennessee, if either of these documents are used to support vehicle transactions, they must be notarized.
  • Each can be general and used for every occasion or specific to certain duties.
    • If general in nature without specifics, it can be used support title and registration transactions
    • If specific for any reason, it cannot be used unless vehicle transactions are specified
  • Each can be open ended or limited by time.
    • If open ended or without expire, they can be used at any time to support title and registration transactions
    • If limited by time, it can only be used if the application does not surpass the end date of the Power of Attorney
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