Does Power of Attorney need to be notarized?

I was frequently asked if a Power of Attorney document needs to be notarized. The answer is Yes and No.

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document whereby a person gives another person (agent/attorney in fact) the authority to act on their behalf. A Durable Power of Attorney allows the Attorney In Fact to act on behalf of the Principal even if the principal is incapacitated; a Medical Power of Attorney allows the Attorney in Fact to make decisions on health matters; a Limited Power of Attorney allows the Attorney in Fact to act on their behalf for a specific transaction or a specific duration of time.

In California, Power of Attorney can be notarized or signed in front of two witnesses. If the Principal is not able to travel for whatever reason, you can hire a Mobile Notary (Traveling Notary Public) to perform the notarial act at the location of your choice.

Since POA is an important legal document, be sure to authorize someone you trust to act on your behalf, and make sure the notarial act is performed correctly according to the State law.

Susan Cheung
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