Do I have to Notarize a Power of Attorney?
Notarize a Power of Attorney (POA) and it is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to make decisions on your behalf. You may need to give someone a POA if you’re going out of town and can’t handle your own affairs, or if you become incapacitated and can’t make decisions for yourself. But do you need to notarize a POA? Let’s take a look.
Types of Powers of Attorney
There are two main types of powers of attorney: durable and non-durable. A durable POA remains in effect even if you become incapacitated, while a non-durable POA only applies while you’re still competent to handle your own affairs.
Most states require that durable POAs be notarized, but not all states require that non-durable POAs be notarized. In fact, some states don’t even recognize non-durable POAs at all. So, before you sign a POA, it’s important to check with an attorney or your local court to find out what the requirements are in your state.
Notarizing Your Power of Attorney
If you do need to have your POA notarized, the process is relatively simple. You’ll just need to sign the document in front of a notary public and provide some form of identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. The notary will then affix their official seal to the document, which will serve as proof that you did indeed sign the document in their presence.
Once your POA is notarized, it will be legally binding. That means that whoever you’ve given power of attorney to will have the legal authority to act on your behalf—so choose wisely!
Whether or not you need to notarize your power of attorney depends on the type of POA it is and the laws in your state. It’s always best to consult with an attorney or your local court before signing any legal documents. And if you do need to have your POA notarized, the process is quick and easy— simply sign the document in front of a notary public and provide some form of identification.
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