New Florida Act Strengthens Notarial Requirement For Powers Of Attorney

In an effort to strengthen protections for the elderly and vulnerable against exploitation, Florida this week enacted a new “Power of Attorney Act” that mandates significant changes to how they are handled, and the methods by which they must be executed and notarized. Floridians are being warned that powers of attorney that don’t comply with the new laws will be invalid.

Among the new requirements, the Act states that “A power of attorney must be signed by the principal and by two subscribing witnesses and be acknowledged by the principal before a Notary Public or as otherwise provided in s.695.03.”

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