A New Jersey Power of Attorney is a document that allows an individual, referred to as a Principal, to convey their legal authority to someone else that they trust, known as an Agent. This Agent will make decisions, when necessary, with the same authority as the Principal. These types of documents come in many different forms and cover a variety of situations including finance, real estate, childcare, taxes and more. In New Jersey, all power of attorney documents must conform to Title 46 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes. These statutes clarify that these documents must be signed, dated, and that the Principal must be of sound mind and free of duress or influence. Furthermore, all power of attorney forms must comply with the state's signing requirements for each document. Some documents require solely the signature of the Principal, such as the Tax Power of Attorney, while others require the Principal's signature plus two (2) witnesses or a notary public (such as the Minor Child Power of Attorney).
In order to complete a New Jersey Power of Attorney, the first thing that a Principal will need to do is identify themselves as the Principal. They will accomplish this by providing their first and last name, along with their complete address. Next, the Principal will identify their Agent by providing his or her full name, address, and contact number. Once the Agent has been appointed, the Principal will then describe which powers are being conveyed. Lastly, the document will need to be dated, signed, and witnessed by two (witnesses) or notarized before it will take effect.