Power of Attorney for California FAQs

Since each state is a little different, this article will only focus on common questions about filing power of attorney in California. You can submit your own form, but be careful with the wording, as this document gives someone the legal authority to act on your behalf, but only within the limitations that are set out in the document.

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to designate someone as your ‘agent’ to act on your behalf in matters that you specify in the document. This document can be used to authorize a person to do things like Collect Child Support or Assistance for Landlords and Tenants, which would be things like collect rent money from your tenants or sell a house for you. Although this is often used for these reasons, this is not all you can do with this document.

How long will it be valid?

Unless you specify otherwise, your power of attorney will remain in effect until the specified issues are fully resolved or you revoke the statement with a power of attorney revocation form. However, to completely revoke the form, you must attach the original with “REVOKE” written in large letters in the top center. You will also need to sign and date the bottom of the form, attach it to your Revocation of Power of Attorney, and send it to your “agent.” Be sure to sign and date the bottom of the form as well.

I need a lawyer?

No, an attorney is not required for this to be legal and valid. The process is not difficult and does not require an attorney, but it generally requires the signature of a notary and two witnesses, depending on the state you are in. Some states only require the signatures of two witnesses for a power of attorney to be properly signed (executed).

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