A Rhode Island minor (child) power of attorney grants temporary authority to an attorney-in-fact to care for a parent/guardian’s minor child. Besides ensuring the overall welfare of the child, the attorney-in-fact is also authorized to oversee the child’s education and health care, for example, enrolling the child in a school or approving medical treatment for the child.
A parent or guardian may limit the powers granted by the document by specifying the specific function they would like the attorney-in-fact to serve (e.g., providing shelter to the child). Rhode Island state statutes do not specify a maximum length for a minor (child) power of attorney, although it should be noted that this form is a temporary delegation of powers and does not grant the attorney-in-fact permanent guardianship of the child.
Signing Requirements (§ 18-16-2(b)) – Notary Public
Expiration – Not mentioned in state statutes.