Power of attorney gives you the ability to make specific decisions regarding your grandchildren. Power of attorney will allow you to make medical, legal and educational decisions on behalf of your grandchild in the absence of both parents. You will need to determine which type of POA will be in your grandchildren's best interest -- durable, non-durable, specific, springing or special.
Discuss the power of attorney arrangement with your child. Draw up a list of all the elements the document should cover. Talk about how long the power of attorney document will be in place -- many families with POA documents are in the military -- and any special considerations that would nullify the document.
Decide which type of power of attorney will work best for your family. Most families will choose a general power of attorney. A durable, general power of attorney allows you to make decisions for your grandchild up until their death or return of their parent, who will then revoke the agreement. An expiration date can be included in the documentation if both parties agree. Some people may keep the document in place until the child's 18th birthday.
Fill out the necessary power of attorney forms. You should be able to complete one form for all minor grandchildren. You will need your name and place of residence, your child's (and spouse's, if applicable) name and place of residence, and the names and birth dates of all minor children. This document will need to be signed by your child and your child's spouse in the presence of a notary public, who will sign the document as well. The power of attorney document will become effective immediately, unless otherwise specified.
Obtain and give copies of the power of attorney document to your grandchild's teachers, babysitters, doctor, dentist and any other people in her life. You should keep a copy of the document on file in a safe place and carry one with you in your wallet or handbag.