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Updated June 02, 2022

A Maryland real estate power of attorney is a document that a person (known as the principal) can use to appoint another person (known as an agent) to make decisions related to property. This document will also allow the Principal to name an alternate Agent in the event the initial agent becomes unwilling or unable to serve. As the document is completed by the Principal, the signatures must be witnessed by a Notary Public. All fields must be completed. This document may be revoked at any time.


Statutes Maryland General and Limited Power of Attorney Act (§§ 17-101 — 17-203)

Signing Requirements ( MD Code, Real Property, § 4-107 ; MD Code, Estates and Trusts, § 17-110 ) – Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public.

How to Write

Step 1 – Instructions for Completion –

  • The Principal must read all of the instructions carefully, prior to completing the document

Step 2 –  Agent’s Duties –

  • The Agent must read all of the information with regard to the duties to the Principal
  • Enter the Principal’s Signature
  • Enter the Agent’s Signature

Step 3 –  Termination of Agent’s Authority

  • The Agent must read this section to learn in what cases an Agent would stop serving the Principal in this capacity

Step 4 –  Liability of Agent –

  • The Agent must read this section to become aware of the consequences of violation of the law with regard to service as an Agent for a Principal

Step 5 –  Designation of Agent –

  • The Principal must enter the their name
  • Provide the name of the Agent
  • Enter the Agent’s Address
  • Enter the Agent’s Phone number
  • Enter the specific property for which the Agent will serve the Principal
  • Enter the Principal’s name
  • The Principal must read sections (1 through 9)

Step 6 –  Subjects and Authority – Real Property –

  • The Principal must carefully read each of the powers and initial the line preceding each power they would choose to grant to their Agent.

Step 7 –  Read the Following:

  • Limitations on Agent’s Authority
  • Effective Date

Step 8 –  Signatures and Acknowledgement –

  • Enter the Principal’s Signature
  • Date the Signature
  • Provide the Principal’s mailing address
  • Enter the Principal’s Telephone Number
  • The Notary must witness the Principal’s Signature and complete this section and affix the state seal

Step 9 –  Witness Attestation –

  • Enter the Principal’s Name
  • Read the statement below the signature

Witness 1 –

  • Signature of Witness 1
  • Print the name of witness 1
  • Enter the mailing address of Witness 1
  • Provide the telephone number for Witness 1
  • AND
  • Signature of Witness 2
  • Printed name for Witness 2
  • Mailing address for Witness 2
  • Enter the telephone number for Witness 2

If the Principal would like to add a secondary Agent, enter the alternate agent’s information at the bottom of the document