Just curious about it is all
In Ohio, the execution of a power of attorney is controlled by statute and must conform to its provisions to be valid.
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I doubt a handwritten POA document would be valid. I would see an attorney to have a proper one drafted.
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It doesn't matter whether your power of attorney is handwritten or typed or printed, but it must contain all the "magic words" and be properly signed and notarized to be valid and enforceable. At best, financial firms do not like even the most perfect powers of attorney. If yours contains all the magic words but is "squirrelly looking" it is possible that it will not be accepted. If you can get a proper power of attorney prepared by an attorney, you should do so. Once one has a proper and properly executed Power of Attorney, it is legal and no further steps are required to make it valid.
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As Mr. Huddleston points out, a lot of financial institutions are hesitant to accept Powers of Attorney, and I would be surprised if a handwritten one would be accepted at most institutions. That being said, however, there is no legal requirement that the document be typed to be valid. It needs to have the proper language granting the powers needed to be exercised, must be signed by the Principal, and should be notarized as well.
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