“Immediate” vs. “Springing” Power of Attorney

There are two fundamentally different types of power of attorney documents:  (1) an “immediate” power of attorney, and (2) a “springing” power of attorney. An “immediate” power of attorney grants authority to the agent immediately upon your signing of the document. In other words, if you sign an immediate power of attorney, you are giving someone immediate authority to act on your behalf.  A “springing” power of attorney grants authority that only becomes effective if you are shown to be mentally incapacity (unable to manage your own affairs)–which would typically be accomplished by ca signed certification from a physician.