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Does a power of attorney for child have to be filed with the courts? My father, whom adop

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Does a power of attorney for child have to be filed with the courts?
My father, whom adopted my 14 year old niece when she was 3 yrs old would like me to have power of attorney for my niece. I live in Washington State and they live in Wisconsin? What is the proper procedure for getting this done?
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No, a power of attorney does not need to be filed with the courts. A power of attorney is an extrajudicial document that does not need judicial authorization, but rather authorization of the individual that has the authority to delegate the power.

what you will want to power of attorney for the state that the child is living in, and the guardian of the child will fill out that power of attorney, sign it in the presence of a notary, and give it to you. With the power of attorney you will be able to act as the de facto guardian.

Furthermore, you would need to have a specific type of power of attorney, which is a power of attorney over a minor.

You can find such a form here:

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