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Is a notarized power of attorney valid in another state?

I notarized a power of attorney for a resident of Washington state. He may move to Michigan soon. Is the power of attorney document still valid or would another POA be required in Michigan? — R.F., Washington

The notarization of the power of attorney is valid because Michigan, like all U.S. states, has a law that recognizes the notarial acts performed by Notaries of other states.  Whether or not the power of attorney is valid is a legal question and, as a result, we cannot offer legal advice on that. We recommend your client consult with an attorney to resolve this question.

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Jacqueline Wyrybkowski

20 Apr 2022

Just change email

Regina K Audino

27 Apr 2022

I’ve been a notary for 40 years

Susan Boss

29 Dec 2022

My mom had her DPOA done in Indiana. I moved her to Michigan and Michigan refuses to accept her DPOA. But my mom cannot have a new one as she has alzheimers. Is Michigan wrong?

National Notary Association

10 Jan 2023

Hello. We're sorry, but that's a legal question that would need to be answered by an attorney.

Anthony Reymann

31 May 2023

Is a Power of Attorney that is Notarized in California legal in the State of Texas?

National Notary Association

05 Jun 2023

Hello. We're sorry, but that is a legal question that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Lloyd Rodriguez

05 Oct 2023

My mother moved to Delaware with my 0lder sister. She was definitely not mentally stable. During the three months that she lived together, they did not get along, but also my sister believed my mother had a mild case of dementia. How can we as the family get to verify if her POA is legit. She still lives in Delaware and my mom has been back in NYC for over a year now

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2023

Hello. You would need to contact an attorney for legal advice regarding verifying the validity of a power of attorney document.

Kathleen Altobell

13 Dec 2023

I live in Indiana and my poa lives in Vermont I want to set this up so my sisters have poa

National Notary Association

13 Dec 2023

Hello. You will need to contact a qualified attorney who is authorized to answer any legal questions you have about setting up a power of attorney document.


14 Dec 2023

My daughter moved from Texas to Florida. She recently had her name changed back to her maiden name following her divorce. Her Texas attorney updated her Will, financial and medical poa’s, HIPPAA release, etc to show her maiden name. Can she get these documents notarized in Florida, or does she have to get them notarized in Texas?

National Notary Association

15 Dec 2023

Hello. As long as your daughter can present satisfactory proof of her identity that matches the name she is currently using, there should be no issue with requesting a notarization of her signature. However, for any legal questions about whether the documents must be notarized in a specific state, she would need to consult with a qualified attorney.

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