Updated on October 28th, 2021
A Washington minor (child) power of attorney delegates a parent’s duties to another individual (the “agent”) for a limited term of up to twenty-four (24) months. The document provides fields allowing the parent to delegate authorities related to the child(ren)’s residence, health care, schooling, travel, property, or any matter as instructed by the parent.
As this is a durable power of attorney, the authority granted in this document remains in place in the event of the parent’s incapacitation or disability. Both parents must sign a Washington minor (child) power of attorney unless there is only one legal parent or a court has granted sole decision-making authority to one parent. Otherwise, a sole signing parent must provide the reason why the other parent has not signed.
Laws – RCW 11.130.145
Agent’s Duties – RCW 11.125.410
Signing Requirements (RCW 11.125.050) – Notary Public or Two (2) Witnesses
Expiration (RCW 11.130.145) – Twenty-Four (24) Months