A South Carolina General Power of Attorney Form is designed to give the Attorney-in-Fact blanket power over the Principal’s affairs. These agreements are usually financial in nature, ensuring the Attorney-in-Fact can manage the Principal’s bank accounts, investments and utilities. It cannot be used to give the Attorney-in-Fact power to make decisions about the Principal’s medical care, as those agreements are governed separately.
Under South Carolina state law, any and all Power of Attorney agreements must be witnessed by both a Notary Public and two (2) adult witnesses. While there are no restrictions on who these witnesses can be (IE, they can be blood related to either the Principal or Attorney-in-Fact) this is unusually strict for witness requirements. Most law offices will have a Notary Public in addition to one or two witnesses available.