On a Power of Attorney form, the person granting authority to another is the "Principal". The person who is granted authority is called the "Attorney-in-fact" or "Agent".
When you need a little help making big medical or financial decisions, a Power of Attorney form (also known as a POA form) allows you to give permission to another person or entity (your agent) to act on your behalf.
Free and printable power of attorney forms are offered on this page. A power of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on anothers behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter, sometimes against the wishes of the other. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal, grantor, or donor. The one authorized to act is the agent or, in some common law jurisdictions, the attorney-in-fact.
Instances where a Power of Attorney form would be necessary may include emergency situations where you are incapacitated and cannot make medical or financial decisions on your own. A POA legally protects your financial and health-related interests that would otherwise be appointed in court.