How to Authorize Power of Attorney

By Contributing Writer

A power of attorney is a document that allows you to appoint a person or organization to handle your affairs while you're unavailable or unable to do so. There are many instances in a person's life where they may need to get a power of attorney. Some such instances are when you are buying or selling property, settling claims, or handling matters related to government benefits. There are many other reasons and also a few different kinds of a power of attorney that you may need in your lifetime. The following steps will show you how to authorize a power of attorney.

Get the proper paperwork that is needed to get a power of attorney. This is usually just a piece of paper that should be signed and notarized by a certified notary. You must also be deemed competent at the time of signing in order for a power of attorney to be valid.

Find a notary in your area. One can usually be found at a bank, an insurance company, or a city building. Sometimes they will charge fees, but if you know them, they usually won't.

Take your paperwork into them along with a valid ID. Sign the document and have the notary read it over and notarize it accordingly.

Give your signed and notarized paperwork to the proper individual. This is either a lawyer or the person that is requesting the power of attorney.