As wife, I have a POA paper because he can't write his name since stroke. Please advise.

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Does this have to be notorized? Also what is the correct way to sign? His name/my name/POA or just my name/POA?

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You can't sign his name; that would be forgery. He has to sign and you have to acknowledge acceptance. However, his inability to write could present a problem, especially if this is a DIY project.

I have the feeling you haven't had an attorney prepare the POA document? Is your husband able to communicate verbally? If so, I think you'd be better off paying the funds and having an attorney handle execution and witnessing (and provision of a notary) to avoid any concern about his inability to make decisions, especially if he has any cognitive dysfunction arising from the stroke.

Curious, how did you decide to handle execution in this manner?
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Firstly I am sorry for your husband's stroke and medical condition. It varies from state to state if you need a notary. I had my father's notarized just to be sure. Some places will have you sign his name with your name and POA afterwards. Others just have me sign my name with POA after it. I usually ask how they prefer it, if they don't know I do both. Hope that helps.
GardenArtist i thought the signing question was referring to after you are already POA and how you sign documents for him. Oops! My reading comprehension just got an F. If he is unable to sign at all, you will have to get legal guardianship of him, not POA and that will require petitioning the court.

Vicki, maybe the Oops is my Oops! I thought the OP meant that she had printed out a form, added names, or something like that, but hadn't executed it b/c she was uncertain how to sign. The key for me was the question on notarization, which seemed to be referring to a single document.

I think we need some clarification.

Gaylyn, could you help us out here?
It's kind of unclear whether Gaylynab already has a POA that just hasn't been notarized or is still in need of one. Either way her husband can still assign a POA after a stroke as long as it hasn't effected his mental capacity, there are ways to "sign" a document when a person can't write their name.
Yes it must be notarized. If the POA gives you full power due to him being incapacitated give a copy to all doctors, banks etc. You can sign his name just make sure you also sign your name and write POA after your name. I just sign my name and write POA but I am listed as POA with all of mothers banks, doctors etc.
I have a document we used from On Line when we did the Living Will stuff.
I was just wondering how others handled it.
Usually when I ask, they will tell me to just sign my name with POA.
Mentally he is ok at this point. I take the paper with me when I go places now also, but it is not notorized. It did not require it when we did it. Thanks for all your answers.
A POA is not considered a legal document unless it is notarized. Basically you can get it notarized at the court house for a few dollars. If something ever happened and he was unable to be with you having it notarized would save you a lot of grief.

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