The principal or the agent can end a power of attorney at any time. The way to end it depends on whether the person who wants to end it is the principal or the agent.
There are 3 ways to end a power of attorney:
- Destroying the document
- Writing a letter that says the principal wants to end the power of attorney relationship
- Oral statement or other expression
Destroying the document
The principal can end a power of attorney by destroying, burning, or tearing the document. Doing this must show an intent to end the relationship.
For example, tearing a small corner off the document won’t show an intent to end the relationship. But tearing the document in half or into pieces will show an intent to end the relationship.
Writing a letter
The principal can end the power of attorney by writing a Notice of Revocation. The Notice must be notarized.
Oral statement or other expression
A principal can end a power of attorney by saying they want the relationship to end. The principal must do this in front of a witness who is at least 18 years old. Then the witness must sign and date a writing saying that the principal made the statement.
Ending the power of attorney as an agent
An agent may refuse to act on behalf of the principal for any reason. The agent can end the power of attorney by creating a letter of resignation. The letter must be notarized.