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From the courts to the Capitol, an epic labor battle may redefine the shape of the American workplace

Monday, August 26, 2019

California’s Assembly Bill 5, stemming from the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision, would make it much more difficult to label workers as independent contractors instead of employees.

E-Scooters: Navigating a new era in transportation proving to be a struggle

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rental scooters are fun and convenient, but casualties keep piling up. As legislation around the country moves forward, consumers hope the micro-mobility industry faces up to its responsibility to ensure the safety of riders.

It turns out medical malpractice “tort reform” doesn’t reduce federal health care spending all that much…if at all

Friday, May 31, 2019

Caps on damage awards increase “defensive medicine”? Limiting attorneys’ fees costs the government money? Yes, and there’s more…

Look who’s lobbying: Utility companies, Big Oil among 2018’s biggest anti-consumer spenders at California’s Capitol

Friday, February 8, 2019

California interest groups spent a record amount on lobbying in Sacramento in 2018, and most of the biggest spenders did so to tweak consumers.


Think tort cases are clogging the court system? Think again Thursday, August 22, 2019

You may be surprised to learn that California is about the least likely place for a civil suit to be filed, based on its population.

It turns out medical malpractice “tort reform” doesn’t reduce federal health care spending all that much…if at all Friday, May 31, 2019

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The fight to increase the number of women in California’s Legislature Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Only one in four members of the California Legislature are women. Valerie McGinty launched a political movement to correct that imbalance.

Sacramento’s #MeToo moment Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Several bills are now working their way through the California Legislature intending to create further protections for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other like claims.

Nearly six million saved: the impact of auto safety regulations Thursday, March 15, 2018

New research shows that regulations and laws adopted over the last 50 years have dramatically reduced the bloodbath on America’s highways.

Oily Influence: The oil industry dominates California statehouse lobbying Friday, February 2, 2018

Big Oil spent big on lobbyists in Sacramento in 2017.


Toyota looks to settle suits, but unintended acceleration problems continue

“Hospitals in California have an economic incentive to encourage families to pull the plug”

ProPublica investigation explains why attorneys don’t take most medical malpractice cases

Study: The poor and elderly are “silent victims” of the medical malpractice system

Report details demise of class actions


Medical Board inaction, MICRA cap combine to leave Californians’ safety in question

Justice Denied

New film explores pro-corporate bias of U.S. Supreme Court

Self-driving cars and the liability issues they raise

Constitutionality of MICRA damage caps argued in Court of Appeal


On Yanez v. SOMA Environmental Engineering and the collateral source rule

Survivors can sue over the distribution of death photos

Californians won’t get Prop 65 warning about dioxin in meat

A Los Angeles pharmacy was a little too busy

An honest mistake is not a firing offense


Learn More About DIY Power of Attorney Forms in California

California Power of Attorney Forms enable residents to appoint an agent (a personal representative, also known as an attorney-in-fact) who will represent them in various matters regarding finances, healthcare, real estate, DMV operations, and guardianship. A POA document should be filled out in its entirety to define clearly the powers the agent will receive upon the form completion. A typical power of attorney will explain in detail the extent of the agent’s authority and when the agent gains this authority.

There are several common types of power of attorney forms that fit different circumstances. Consider taking a look at these in more detail to determine which one you might need and when.

Durable Power of Attorney

A California durable power of attorney form grants someone the ability to act for another person in fiscal matters throughout their life. This power is commonly granted to a trustworthy friend or family member, who is officially called an agent. The principal authorizes their agent only to perform the duties outlined and initialed in the document. It is important to note that the power granted to the agent, in this case, is “durable.” This means that it will not be affected if the principal becomes incapacitated.

Financial Power of Attorney

A California financial power of attorney form allows you to designate someone to handle your financial and property affairs on your behalf. Some of the tasks your agent can take care of include paying your bills, making bank deposits, securing insurance benefits, and many other things. You can customize what powers your agent can get and under which condition. For example, you can designate that such a POA is effective only during a specific period.

Medical (Health Care) Power of Attorney

A California medical power of attorney form allows another person to make your health care decisions on your behalf. The document will take effect on the date or event you specify when filling out the form. However, the most typical scenario is to activate it in the event you become incapacitated and unable to make your own medical decisions. It might be a part of a larger medical document – the Advanced Health Care Directive.

Springing Power of Attorney

A California springing power of attorney form is a POA that “springs to action” only under certain conditions. A typical condition a principal can set is their mental or physical incapacity. So it will “activate” in case something renders the POA creator incapable of making decisions for themselves. This type of power of attorney is often used by people serving in the military abroad.

Real Estate Power of Attorney

A California real estate power of attorney form is a type of limited POA that allows an agent to handle only matters related to the principal’s real estate property. A common practice is to appoint a real estate agent as your representative. The powers include transferring the rights to property, managing tenants, completing transactions, etc.

Vehicle (DMV) Power of Attorney

A California DMV power of attorney (REG 260) form allows you to designate an agent for vehicle-related matters. It’s an official form provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to enable residents to have a reliable person sign various documents related to motor vehicle registration or ownership transfer on the principal’s behalf.

Tax Power of Attorney

A California tax power of attorney (form 3520) is a legal document you can use to give another person (a representative) authority to handle various Franchise Tax Board matters on your behalf, which includes getting access to your tax information and filing documents. The FTB 3520 form can be used by individuals, fiduciaries, as well as business entities.

Frequent Power of Attorney Questions Answered

What happens to a power of attorney after death? Does it end? How long does a durable power of attorney last overall? Read to learn more about the validity of POAs upon the principal’s death and when such a document expires.

What are the laws governing this document? Check the California power of attorney probate code to know more about the laws regulating POAs in this state. That also includes the statutory requirements for a power of attorney document to be valid.

Who can be a witness for a POA? And do I have to notarize it? Check more details about the power of attorney witness requirements and whether a POA document has to be notarized to be valid in the State of California.

I heard it's better to create an advance directive for health care purposes in California, what's that? It combines a living will and a medical power of attorney. By using this medical document, you can appoint an agent to make medical choices on your behalf and pick end-of-life treatment options in case you cannot do it yourself. It is advised to use this form if you are about to undergo a risky medical procedure or at a later age.

A POA document can grant quite a lot of authority, so cases of misuse happen from time to time. Before creating this document, learn more about power of attorney abuse and how to prevent it. You will also read learn what types of abuse there are, what consequences the agent can face for it, and what to do if you see that a POA is misused.

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