A Maryland minor (child) power of attorney is used when a child’s parent or guardian cannot care for them temporarily, and parental powers need to be transferred to another individual. This power of attorney is typically executed when the parent or guardian of a child will be away for an extended period of time due to matters such as military duty, business travel, illness, immigration issues, or incarceration. The individual selected is often a family member or close family friend, but this is not a requirement. The appointee will have all parental powers regarding any important matters relating to the child’s well-being, including education and health care decisions. Any powers the parent or guardian does not wish to grant the appointee should be noted on the form in the appropriate space.
- Statutory form – § 17-203
- Signing requirements (§ 17-110) – Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public
- Expiration – Not mentioned in state statutes