If my parents give me verbal power of attorney can I legally sign for them? Or does it have to be written?

Asked about 2 years ago - Van Nuys, CA

Also, do I sign their name or mine?

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  1. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

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    Answered . No one would accept your verbal statement that your parents gave you verbal power to act for them. So-it must be in writing to be effective.

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  2. Rixon Charles Rafter III

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    Answered . For you to have power of attorney to exercise on behalf of your parents you would need to have a WRITTEN power of attorney document signed by them, giving you such authority. It would be ideal if the document was prepare by an attorney.

    READ THIS BEFORE CALLING OR EMAILING ME: I am licensed to practice before the state and federal courts in Virginia.... more
  3. Raphael Samuel Moore

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    Answered . Must be in writing.

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  4. James P. Frederick

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    Answered . It must be in writing. Ideally, it should be prepared by an attorney to make sure it will be honored.

    You sign your name, as agent for them.

    James Frederick

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  5. Jugjit Singh Johal

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    Answered . No. The Power of Attorney needs to be in writing and your parents should have their signatures to the Power of Attorney notarized. It is recommended that an attorney prepare the Power of Attorney, because there are a number of different types of Powers of Attorney. In addition, certain powers granted by a Power of Attorney require certain language.

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