Checklist: Important Items to Review with Your Attorney

The authority to act for another person in specified or all legal or financial matters. For a power of attorney to become a legally enforceable document, at a minimum it must be signed and dated by the principal. Some jurisdictions also require that a power of attorney be witnessed, notarized, or both. Even when not required, having the document reviewed and signed (and often stamped) by a notary public may increase the likelihood of withstanding a legal challenge. A Power of Attorney is only valid during the life of the person giving the authority.

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