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Power of Attorney

Information for students considering obtaining a Power of Attorney

What is a Power of Attorney?

(Taken from an article in The Outlook, November, 7, 1997)--”A Power of Attorney is a written document that authorizes a specific person, known as the attorney-in-fact, to perform acts on behalf of the person signing the document. In order to be valid, the document--which can grant limited or full powers--must be witnessed by a notary or other public officer, and it becomes void when the signer dies. Depending on how the document is set up, the attorney-in-fact is empowered to exercise rights, make medical care decisions, handle financial affairs and spend money on the signer’s behalf.” It is possible to give all of these powers to one individual or to grant limited powers to several individuals (you would need to designate in the power of attorney which powers you grant).

Directions for the Power of Attorney:

Purchase the Power of Attorney form from a stationer or office supply store. Telephone the County Recorders Office to ask the amount of the recording fee. Read and complete the form down to the witnessing section. Complete the witnessing section in the presence of a Notary Public. Mail or take the notarized form to:

  • County Recorder of Los Angeles
    Hall of Records
    227 N. Broadway
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Telephone: (562) 462-2125

Be sure to make copies of the Power of Attorney and provide them to your attorney-in-fact. If you wish a copy of the recorded document, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. When the form arrives, make a copy and give the original to your attorney-in-fact.

The Power of Attorney is not required for your participation on EAP.

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