A power of attorney is a legal document you (the “principal”) can use to appoint another person (the “agent”) to make decisions on your behalf. The requirements for a valid Power of Attorney include:
- The person making the power of attorney (principal) must be mentally competent and under no undue influence such as coercion or duress
- The power of attorney must be signed in the presence of a notary and include the signatures of two witnesses
The delegations of authority in a power of attorney can be as broad or as narrow as the principal wants it to be, within the limits of the law.
A power of attorney can be revoked by the principal at any time; otherwise, the power of attorney will terminate at death (of the principal).
Power of Attorney For A Minor Child
A power of attorney for a minor child is a legal document that allows a parent to appoint another person to temporarily make decisions on behalf of the minor child due to the parent’s illness or temporary absence. The delegations of authority in a power of attorney for minor child can be as broad or as narrow as the parent wants it to be, within the limits of the law. A power of attorney for minor child can be revoked at any time. The parent does not give up any parental rights by executing a power of attorney for minor child.