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Understanding the Importance of Medical Power of Attorneys and Durable Power of Attorneys

When it comes to planning for the future, two of the most critical documents you may need to consider are the Medical Power of Attorney (POA) and the Durable Power of Attorney. These documents are not only essential for safeguarding your wishes but are also some of the most commonly notarized documents.

Medical Power of Attorney - Medical (POA)

A Medical Power of Attorney allows you to designate a trusted individual to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. This document ensures that your medical preferences are honored and that someone you trust is making decisions in your best interest during times of incapacitation.

Durable Power of Attorney - Durable (POA)

A Durable Power of Attorney, on the other hand, grants a designated individual the authority to handle your financial affairs. This can include managing bank accounts, paying bills, and making investment decisions. The durability aspect means that the authority remains effective even if you become mentally incapacitated, ensuring continuous management of your financial matters.

Sound Mind of the Principal

One of the most crucial aspects of notarizing these documents is ensuring that the principal (the person granting the power) is of sound mind. This means that they must fully understand the nature and implications of the document they are signing. As notaries, we are responsible for verifying the mental competence of the principal, as this is fundamental to the document's validity and effectiveness. Sometimes it may be necessary for the principle to request a Letter of Competency from their doctor or equivalent medical professional. This does not guarantee a notary will notarize, because it is still important for a notary to gauge the principle at time of notary.

Don't Wait to Notarize

Timing is vital when it comes to notarizing a Medical Power of Attorney or Durable Power of Attorney. Life can be unpredictable, and circumstances can change rapidly. It's essential to have these documents prepared and notarized well before they are needed. Waiting until an emergency or a sudden change in health can complicate the process and may even result in the inability to notarize the documents if the principal's mental capacity is in question.


At Anytime Mobile Notary, we understand the significance of these documents and the peace of mind they bring. We are here to assist you in notarizing your Medical Power of Attorney and Durable Power of Attorney, ensuring that your wishes are respected and your affairs are in trusted hands. Don’t delay; ensure your future is secure by notarizing these essential documents today.

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