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

Asked over 2 years ago - Van Nuys, CA

Also, do I sign their name or mine?

Attorney answers (5)

  1. 29

    Lawyers agree

    1

    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.

    The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of... more
  2. 26

    Lawyers agree

    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. 23

    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Must be in writing.

    Our replies to Avvo questions should not be considered specific legal advice to any individual, and no attorney-... more
  4. 22

    Lawyers agree

    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

    *** LEGAL DISCLAIMER I am licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and have offices in Wayne and... more
  5. 16

    Lawyers agree

    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.

One or more answers have been taken down.

Related Topics

Wills and estates

Understanding wills and estates can help you create a legally binding plan to protect your assets and final wishes, as well as reduce taxes on your estate.

Estate planning

Estate planning refers to the process in which you decide and document what happens to your assets after you die, by making things like wills or trusts.

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.

 

Ask now

33,547 answers this week

3,720 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

33,547 answers this week

3,720 attorneys answering