Connecticut Durable Power of Attorney (Financial)

Last Updated: 5/19/2015

Document Description

You might have already taken steps to ensure that your medical needs are taken care of should you become incapacitated, but have you considered that your finances will need tending as well? Just as a medical power of attorney makes provisions for your future medical care, a financial power of attorney makes certain that your money will be managed even if you’re unable to do so yourself.

In Connecticut, the Financial Durable Power of Attorney grants powers to an attorney-in-fact (or agent), the person chosen by you, the principal, to handle your financial affairs in the event of your injury, illness or absence. This document is considered durable because the attorney-in-fact’s powers begin upon the document’s signing and continues in the event of your incapacitation. However, if the powers were granted only when you became incapacitated, the power of attorney would be known as “springing.” Creating a durable power of attorney now means you don’t have to worry about such events later.

It’s important to know that the Connecticut Financial Durable Power of Attorney does not take away your financial control – it simply allows someone else access to your assets. However, because the attorney-in-fact, has that access, you’ll want to make sure that the person you choose is someone you trust.

The Connecticut Financial Durable Power of Attorney gives you the option to choose which financial authority you’d like to grant, including handling taxes, insurance, real estate and banking. In Connecticut, it is required that you expressly designate that gifting power and charitable giving power may be granted to your attorney-in-fact. This form will allow you to make that special designation. It also includes a space for signatures of two witnesses and a notary, also required in Connecticut.

Along with the other documents you create on ezEstatePlanner, the Connecticut Financial Durable Power of Attorney may be safely and securely stored in your Estate Vault. Since these documents are located in one easy-to-access place, you won’t have to go searching for them later.

The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch has a website with additional information about legal matters in Connecticut. Visit www.jud.ct.gov.


  • CT Assist:
    Laws that govern the power of attorney in the state of Connecticut are found under Chapter 802e* Durable Power of Attorney .

    SIGNATURE REQUIRMENTS:
    1. Connecticut requires that two witnesses sign the document, and neither witness can also serve as the appointed agent.
    2. The document should be signed by the principal and witnesses before a notary public, who then notarizes the form.



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