Q: Can a person or company sign legal documents on behalf of a client if they have written permission to do so?
Asking because a friend wanted to know if I could sign his apartment lease agreement for him. In addition, I am wondering if someone could sign a legal document such as applying for auto or medical insurance policies on behalf of a person?
A: It depends on the business. Many businesses and government entities will allow you to use a "Power of Attorney". This is a document signed saying it is ok for someone else to sign on your behalf.
A financial power of attorney is used by someone to appoint and authorize an agent to enter into legally binding contracts and pursue legal rights on behalf of another person. In order to represent a company however, you typically need to be an attorney to represent another.
So the answer is yes, but you will need a financial durable power of attorney signed by your friend making you his agent.
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