Power of Attorney Documents

Time and time again, I am called to a home, nursing facility or hospital to perform notary services that involve a Power of Attorney. Often, this can’t be accomplished for a number of reasons.

Please be aware of these conditions before you call a Notary for a Power of Attorney Signing.

1) The one who is signing the Power of Attorney must have a valid ID… that has not expired.

I.D.: Every signer must show valid (not expired) photo identification. All identification must contain a photo, a physical description, a signature and a serial number. California recognizes the following types of identification if issued within the last 5 years:

  • Driver License
  • State Issued ID Card(Senior ID, Under 18 ID, CA ID)
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military ID Card
  • Mexican or Canadian Driver License issued by an authorized agency
  • Foreign Passport if stamped by the Immigration and Naturalization Service

2) As with any document being notarized, the Signer must be willing sign the documents without coercion. He/she must also be aware of what they are signing. Documents cannot be notarized if there is any cognitive impairment.

3) If someone is a patient in a Nursing Facility, California law requires that an Ombudsman also be present at the time of the Signing. The Nursing Facility usually can provide you with contact information for available Ombudsmen.



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