Research guides

Pennsylvania Power of Attorney

Onsite Print & Electronic

The following print resources include information regarding Pennsylvania powers of attorney, living wills, and advance health care directives. Some resources published by LexisNexis and West/Thomson Reuters may be available on the library's Lexis and Westlaw computers. See below for more information.

Onsite Print & Electronic

Dunlap-Hanna Pennsylvania Forms LexisNexis
Also available on the library's Lexis computers.
See Chapter 69: Durable Powers of Attorney and Chapter 66: Advance Health Care Directives -- "Living Wills".

Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Commonplace Book Bisel
Also referred to as Hunter's. See "Powers of Attorney". Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Probate and Estate Administration West/Thomson Reuters
Also available on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 44: Power of Attorney. Library also has previous editions: see all.

Pennsylvania Special Needs Planning Guide Bisel
See Chapter 10: Powers of Attorney. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Standard Pennsylvania Practice 2d West/Thomson Reuters
Also available on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 143 (Fiduciaries, Generally), Part II: Powers of Attorney. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d West/Thomson Reuters
Also available on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Probate, Estates, and Trusts, Chapter 27: Powers of Attorney. Library also has previous edition.

West's Pennsylvania Forms West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Estate Planning, Chapter 3: Powers of Attorney.

PBI Publications

In conjunction with its continuing legal education courses, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) produces many books each year covering various estate and elder law topics. Some of these concentrate on more specific or unusual areas of the law. When a researcher has difficulty finding an answer in the manuals or form books, it is a good idea to turn to a PBI publication for guidance.

18th Annual Elder Law Institute
See Chapter K: Power of Attorney Act 95 - Practical Issues.

18th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium
See Chapter D: Powers of Attorney after Act 95.

19th Annual Elder Law Institute
See Chapter N: Powers of Attorney after Act 95.

19th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium
See Chapter 7: Powers of Attorney Update and Drafting.

20th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium
See Chapter J: Drafting Durable General and Health Care Powers of Attorney. Includes forms.

25th Annual Estate Law Institute
See Chapter H: Drafting Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney.
Include forms.

Act 95: The New POA Law: Changes & Best Practices
Includes forms.

Common Abuses of Powers of Attorney & How to Deal with Them
This PBI was published before the new POA law was enacted. See Act 95 of 2014 for more information.

Coordinating Clients' Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives and Wills and Trusts
Includes forms. Library has previous edition: see all.

Elder Law Institute 2019
See Chapter K: Practical Drafting of Powers of Attorney in 2019.

Estate Planning in Pennsylvania
See Chapter 9: Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will, and Mental Health Care Power of Attorney. Includes forms.
Library also has previous editions: see all.

Financial Powers of Attorney
This PBI was published before the new POA law was enacted. See Act 95 of 2014 for more information.

The New Pennsylvania Power of Attorney Statutes: What You Need to Know Now

Pennsylvania Power of Attorney: What You Need to Know -- 6 Months after Enactment
Includes forms.

Understanding the Basics of Elder Law
See Chapter 1: Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives. Includes forms.