How to Give Power of Attorney to Grandparents Traveling with a Minor

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Step 1

Create a document that identifies the parents and grandparent or grandparents by name and address and the child by name and birth date. Also identify the relationships between all of the parties listed in the power of attorney. Be clear and explicit, as any vagueness may render the power of attorney unenforceable.

Step 2

Enumerate the rights that the power of attorney grants to the grandparent. A minor's power of attorney cannot give away a parent's right to initiate adoption procedures, consent to marriage or decide whether the child can give away possessions. Other rights, such as the ability to make medical decisions, should be clearly stated in the power of attorney.

Step 3

Specify the duration of the power of attorney. Most states have a statutory cap on the amount of time a power of attorney for a minor can be in effect (Ohio, for example, caps the time at 6 months). If the time the child will be with his grandparents is temporary, specify the dates in the document.

Step 4

Sign and date the power of attorney in the presence of a notary public. Have your spouse or any other legal guardian of the child sign and date the form before the notary. Though a notary is not required in all states, a notary seal will make the document more legitimate and more likely to be upheld.

Step 5

Give the original form to the grandparents and retain copies for yourself. Copies should also be sent to any service providers who may see your child during the period covered, such as hospitals, doctors or schools.



About the Author

Brian Richards is an attorney whose work has appeared in law and philosophy journals and online in legal blogs and article repositories. He has been a writer since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark School of Law.

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