posted by Bryan Moore


Recently I was hired to notarize a Power of Attorney (POA) for a young lady whose mother was hospitalized after suffering a stroke. Upon arriving at the hospital, her mom was incoherent, making it impossible for me to notarize the much-needed POA. Apparently, a few years before, mom created a POA designating her only daughter as decision-maker in case something terrible happened and mom would need assistance. However, the signed, notarized POA document was stored in a secure lock box in mom’s bank and it was inaccessible without mom’s signature.


This experience prompted me to ask myself and my siblings – “If something were to happen, do we have a copy of our parent’s Power of Attorney?”