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A friend of the family who lived/rented in Washington DC and

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A friend of the family who lived/rented in Washington DC and is now in jail in California, needs to give Power of Attorney to me to recover his possesions from his apartment before eviction. He also states that the jail does not allow or have notary service available. What should I do?

If your friend has a lawyer, that lawyer could make arrangements for a notary to visit your friend, get a signature, and notarize it.

The only other thing that you can do is contact a notary public in CA and hire him/her to go to the jail and do the same thing. You, or he, could probably retain a lawyer to just do that and it shouldn't cost much.

I believe it when he says that the jail won't provide notary services. I have a hard time believing that the jail would not "allow" notary services.

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