The Rhode Island Limited Power of Attorney Form (as the name implies) gives the Agent a limited or fixed power to act on behalf of the Principal. These are usually simple financial tasks the Principal wishes to delegate, such as selling a car or filing taxes, but they can occasionally be things such as child care. This agreement cannot be used to give the Agent power over the Principal’s medical care.
Under Rhode Island state law, in order for a Power of Attorney agreement to be valid it must be witnessed by a Notary Public or two (2) adults who are not related to either the Principal or Agent by blood. Most law offices will be able to provide a Notary Public or, failing that, two witnesses.