How Does Power Of Attorney Work?
Q: My mother has her home up for sale and is going on vacation. Her realtor suggested she give someone (me) power of attorney to sign a purchase agreement if an offer comes in. the realtor gave us the papers (that spelled out what powers she was giving to who) and we had to have them notarized at the local bank. So now what do we do? Do these papers have to be filed with the state? Do I just sign my name in place of hers? How do other parties know that I signed with legal authority? The realtor doesn't know anything. Thanks for any help you cam provide. Oh, also I'm in Minnesota.
A: Sign your own name in this format: "Kevin Jones, attorney in fact for Jane Doe". In California there is no need to file it with the state. I expect Minnesota is the same. People know you signed with authority because you give them a copy of the power of attorney. If anyone wants to, they can call your mother and ask. People are not required to trust that the power of attorney is legit, but most people will.