Power of Attorney for Children in Maryland
- A parent can place a termination date in the power of attorney itself. Additionally, a parent can terminate a power of attorney for children at any other time desired.
- In most instances, a power of attorney for children permits the agent to make emergency health care and medical decisions for a child when a parent is not available.
- A power of attorney for children can be drafted with a broader scope under Maryland law. For example, if a parent is departing for active military duty, a more generalized power of attorney is developed that directs the agent to make the same types of decisions the parent makes if she is present.
- A common misconception associated with a power of attorney for children in Maryland is that the instrument continues in effect after the parent dies. In fact, these types of powers automatically terminate when a parent dies.
- The person you designate as the agent in the power of attorney for children must be of legal age, of sound mind and is provided the original instrument to demonstrate his authority to third parties.