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Q: How can I find out if someone has power of attorney over me?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mit Winter
Mit Winter
Answered
  • Mission Woods, KS
  • Licensed in California

A: A power of attorney is a document that allows you to appoint a person or entity to oversee and manage your affairs. In order for a power of attorney to be legally binding, in most states you must sign and have notarized an original power of attorney document that specifies exactly what powers your agent may exercise on your behalf. These powers can include handling financial and business transactions. In addition to signing and notarizing the original document, most banks and other businesses will not allow an agent to act on your behalf unless they have also been provided with a certified copy of the power of attorney. So, unless someone has forged your signature, you will know when someone has power of attorney over you when you sign the power of attorney document. In the event that you believe someone has forged your signature you should consult an attorney who can contact the banks or other institutions that have copies of the power of attorney you allegedly signed.

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