I do have power of attorney and my husband is in a care home for Alzheimer, Do I sign my name with a POA after the name?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Federal Way, WA

My husband has Alzheimer and doesn't know that I am his wife and have been married for
26 years. He will not know that he has to sign the federal tax return. Do I put POA after signing my name?

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  1. Spencer A'Lee Wildig Stromberg

    Contributor Level 11


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    Answered . I'm sorry to hear of your husband's Alzheimer's troubles. I am glad for both your sakes that you have a power of attorney in place, though. That was good planning.

    It is common for people to sign and put "POA" after their signature, but that is not really the correct way to do it. The best practice is to sign your own signature followed by "attorney-in-fact for (insert husband's name)".

    The foregoing is not intended as legal advice, but solely as general information. No attorney/client relationship... more
  2. Evan A Nielsen

    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . Just sign his name, then insert "Atorney-in-Fact" or "AIF" followed by your name.

    Good luck.

    Evan A. Nielsen is licensed to practice law in California and handles federal tax matters throughout the U.S. The... more

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