Power Of Attorney For A Child

Power Of Attorney For A ChildThere are certain situations that require a parent to let another trusted adult make decisions on behalf of their child. This is usually due to a parent being ill, hospitalized, incarcerated, or away from home for an extended period of time. This is a responsible and loving thing for a parent to do. This parent is making their child’s needs top priority and ensuring they are well cared for in the absence of their parent. In order to grant temporary rights to someone, the parent needs to file a power of attorney on their child’s behalf. Luckily, this is a simple and easy process.

Parental rights

Giving another adult power of attorney does not give away your parental rights. A power of attorney is like giving someone a permission slip to act for the child in the absence of the parent. For example, a power of attorney allows the adult to take your child to a doctor or to sign school forms for a teacher. The parent decides what permission they are giving to the designated person and for how long. Further, the parent can revoke those privileges at any time and for any reason. You can assign the power of attorney for a child for up to one year. If not specified, the power of attorney is only in effect for six months.

How do you get a power of attorney?

Power of attorney forms can be downloaded and printed online. The parent fills out the form and the parent and the caregiver sign the form in the presence of a Notary Public. Many people allow their attorney to handle this for them as it is fast and inexpensive. The caregiver keeps the original power of attorney with them at all times. Copies of the power of attorney should be sent to the child’s doctor, school, and childcare (if applicable). The caregiver also needs the child’s birth certificate, insurance cards, and any further necessary documentation.

What if the parent changes their mind?

A parent can change their mind at any time. They simply download a notice of revocation of power of attorney form. The Notice of Revocation reverses the power of attorney. It is signed in front of a Notary Public, and copies are sent to everyone who has copies of the original. Also, make sure to send the revocation by certified mail to the original power of attorney holder. With the form, send a letter stating the power of attorney is revoked and request the original form back with the insurance cards and birth certificate. When returned to you, destroy all copies, but keep the copies of the revocation and certified letter for your records.

Legal rights that are NOT transferred with a power of attorney

You do not give away your rights to allow adoption of your child.
A power of attorney does not allow anyone to sell or give away your child’s property.
You do not give away your rights to allow your child to be married.

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