A power of attorney is a legally enforceable document that designates a trusted individual or organization to manage the affairs of the person who enacted the POA.
The person who executes the power of attorney document is referred to as the principal. The person granted power of attorney is referred to as the attorney-in-fact.
POAs may also vary in terms of when they come into effect. Many are active as soon as they’re executed, and others don’t become active until the principal is declared mentally incompetent by their physician.
It is important to note that for a POA to be valid, it must be executed by the principal at a time when they are fully competent. If it is later proven that the principal was incompetent when they executed the POA, the POA could be invalidated by the court.
In general, in CALIFORNIA power of attorney documents are described in two ways: by the time period in which they are in effect, and by the types of legal matters they cover.
In more recent times, two additional options have become available:
A durable power of attorney is one that continues even if the principal becomes incapacitated. In California, a power of attorney can be made durable by including the phrase: “This power of attorney shall not be affected by the subsequent incapacity of the principal,” or “This power of attorney will continue to be effective even though I become incapacitated.”
Springing Power of Attorney. A springing power of attorney is one that does not become effective until the principal becomes incapacitated. This allows you to avoid giving your agent immediate authority. By its nature, a springing power of attorney is also a durable power of attorney. In California, a power of attorney can be made a springing power of attorney by including the phrase: “This power of attorney shall become effective upon the incapacity of the principal.”
Regarding the specific legal matters covered, there are basically three types of POAs:
This type of POA gives the agent broad authority in a number of legal matters, with the exception of health care decisions. It is also commonly referred to as a financial power of attorney.
Limited Power of Attorney (also called a Specific Power of Attorney). A California limited power of attorney can be prepared to allow your agent to act only in a narrow, specifically defined situation. For example, you can authorize your agent to represent you only in a single real estate transaction, or to represent you for a short period of time while you are out of the country. This can be accomplished with a unique, specifically prepared document, or by using the standard form approved by the California legislature and adding the detailed limitations you desire.
Power of Attorney for Health Care. This type of document authorizes your agent to make decisions about your medical treatment, but only if you are unable to make or communicate such decisions. By its very nature, a power of attorney for health care is both a springing and a durable power of attorney.
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Are you planning a trip? A to Z Documents would be happy to assist you in preparing your application and obtaining a U.S. Passport.
With A to Z Documents you can get your passport in 1-3 days. We will accompany you during your visit to the US Passport Agency to ensure everything goes smoothly and you leave with your new US passport in your hands.
How to Apply in Person?
Please note: If you live in another country (including Canada) and you’re submitting Form DS-11, you must apply in person at a U.S. embassy or consulate. See Applying for a U.S. Passport from Outside the United States.
How to Renew a US Passport?
Yes. If you have a passport book and you are eligible to use Form DS-82, you may apply for a passport card as a renewal by mail even if it is your first passport card.
Yes. Your passport does not have to be expired for you to renew it. If you want to renew both a valid passport book and passport card, you must submit both documents. For example, if you can submit a passport book, but you lost your passport card, you cannot renew the passport card. If you want to renew either a valid book or a card, you must submit the specific document you want to renew.
Yes, but the passport must have been issued within the last 15 years.
In addition, you must have the passport in your possession, it cannot be damaged, you must have been age 16 or older when the passport was issued, and it must have been issued in your current name or you must show legal proof of your name change.
Yes. Once you receive your new passport, your old passport is not valid for international travel. However, if your old passport is linked to a valid visa, you can still use the valid visa. You must travel with both your new and old passport in this case.
If you are behind in child support payments of $2,500 or more, you cannot get a passport. For more information, please see Child Support Payments and Getting a U.S. Passport.
After we print your passport, we will send it to you and return your supporting documents. How we send your passport and supporting documents depends if you applied for a book and/or a card, if you paid an additional fee for 1-2 day delivery, and where you live.
Renew a Passport from Outside the United States
U.S. citizens residing abroad (except those living in Canada) should renew their passports at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate.
U.S. citizens residing in Canada may submit Form DS-82 to one of the addresses (routine or expedited service) listed on the form. If you live in Canada and need your passport for international travel within 4 weeks, you should make an appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate in Canada.
For more information, please see Applying for a U.S. Passport from Outside the United States.
Children Under 16
All children under age 16 must apply for a passport in person with two parents or guardians using Form DS-11. You cannot renew your child’s passport using Form DS-82.
Passports for children under age 16 are only valid for 5 years.
No, children applicants under 16 are not eligible to mail in their passport applications. Additionally, the Department of State does not currently have the option to submit passport applications online.
You and your child may have different last names, as long as the parental relationship document lists your full name. If your name has changed from that on the parental relationship document, please submit proof of your legal name change (e.g. marriage certificate or court order).
If you choose not to submit a photocopy, you may submit a second certified copy of your child’s birth certificate. We will keep this second certified copy for our records.
Applicants Age 16 and 17
Most applicants age 16-17 must apply in person using Form DS-11.
If you are eligible to Renew a Passport by Mail, you can use Form DS-82.
Passports for applicants 16 and older are valid for 10 years.
If you have already had a full-validity (10 year) passport issued to you when you were age 16 or older, you may use Form DS-82 to renew your passport. Please see Renew a Passport by Mail to see if you are eligible to apply using Form DS-82.
Report my Passport Lost or Stolen
Report your physical U.S. passport lost or stolen immediately to protect yourself from identity theft. You can replace it now or later – it’s up to you!
Reporting your passport lost or stolen does not automatically replace your passport. You will need to follow the directions to Replace a Passport here.
How to Report your Lost or Stolen Passport
Report your passport lost or stolen by using one of the 3 options below:
How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport
To replace a lost or stolen passport, you must submit Form DS-11 in person.
|You are in the United States and are traveling in 5-7 weeks or less||You may be eligible to make an appointment to apply in person at a passport agency or center to replace your passport. To go to a passport agency or center, you must be traveling internationally in the next 14 calendar days, or need a foreign visa in the next 28 calendar days.|
|You are in the United States and are traveling in more than 5-7 weeks||Make an appointment (if required) to apply at a passport acceptance facility to replace your passport.|
|You are outside the United States||Contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to replace your passport.|
Confirm that we mailed out your passport.
Contact NPIC if you have not received your passport 4 weeks after it was mailed.
Note: If not reported within 90 days from the date issued, you will be required to re-apply and pay all applicable fees.
No. No one can travel internationally using only a U.S. passport number. Travelers must present an original, physical version of a U.S. passport book or U.S. passport card upon entering a foreign country and when returning to the United States from a foreign country.
The U.S. passport book and passport card are highly secure documents with numerous security features designed to prevent successful counterfeiting.
We do not recommend reporting your U.S. passport lost or stolen if your passport number was compromised. You should only report your U.S. passport lost or stolen if the original, physical version of the passport book or passport card has been lost or stolen. Once you report a U.S. passport lost or stolen, it is invalid and cannot be used for international travel.
No. If you have already reported your passport lost or stolen, the passport is no longer valid and must not be used for travel. If you attempt to use your reported lost or stolen U.S. passport, you may encounter issues when traveling abroad.
After reporting your passport lost or stolen, you must apply for a new passport in person using Form DS-11.