Notarizing A Power Of Attorney With Multiple Signers
By Tiffany V.
Published on 03/01/2023
While the Notary must be physically located in the commissioning state during a remote notarization, the signer can be located either inside or outside the state when the remote notarization takes place – or even in a different country!
What is a Power of Attorney (POA)?
A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that authorizes another person to act on your behalf in various situations. The person who creates the POA is known as the "principal," while the person appointed to act on their behalf is referred to as the "agent" or "attorney-in-fact."
A POA can be useful if the principal becomes unavailable or unable to make decisions due to illness, incapacity, or absence, and needs someone to handle their affairs. The agent appointed under a POA can have a range of powers, which can be broad or limited depending on the principal's preferences.
POAs can be created for different purposes, including financial matters, such as managing investments, buying or selling property, and conducting banking transactions, and healthcare decisions, such as making medical decisions or choosing a treatment plan.
There are different types of POAs, such as durable and non-durable POAs. A durable POA remains in effect even if the principal becomes incapacitated, while a non-durable POA terminates if the principal becomes incapacitated.
When creating a POA, it is crucial to carefully consider the agent to be appointed and ensure that they are trustworthy and competent to carry out the principal's wishes. It is also recommended to seek the guidance of an attorney to ensure that the POA is legally valid and meets the principal's specific needs.
Can Multiple Signers Be In Different Locations?
NotaryLive takes precautions & security measures in order to correctly identify each signer with state-of-the-art Identification Technology. The notary will confirm the identity of the signers, witness the signing of the Power of Attorney document, and notarizes the document in compliance with state or jurisdictional laws.
If all signers are physically in the same room, you can proceed with a single notarization session. In this session, you will need to indicate the total number of signers (whilst excluding the notary officer) who are physically present.
If all signers are in multiple locations, the first signer can participate in a notarization session and then send the completed document to the next signer. The next signer will then need to have the document re-notarized in a separate session that includes their own signature.
Please note that witnesses are different from signers. Laws and regulations may differ by the state when it comes to having a witness in a different location from the signer. Witnesses have to be in the same location when having a remote online notarization with NotaryLive. For more information on witnesses for a durable power of attorney, click here.
How To Notarize A POA Document With NotaryLive
When it comes to notarizing a Power Of Attorney document, signers can either be in the same location or in multiple locations.
With NotaryLive you can:
1. You can easily upload the document needing notarization.
2. Connect with a licensed online notary public via audio-visual technology. (As previously mentioned, if all signers are in the same room, this can be one notarial session which would be $25. As for multiple, this would have to be several, separate, notarization sessions according to how many signers there are).
3. The notary will electronically notarize your document. This ensures that your POA is legally recognized and accepted by the relevant authorities. If there are more signers, you may forward the completed document to them for a re-notarization.
With remote online notarization (RON), getting your POA remotely notarized with NotaryLive can help you meet any necessary industry requirements in a timely manner.
In simpler terms, all you have to do to notarize a document through NotaryLive is. . .
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Updated Date: 03/31/2023