Wisconsin Minor Child Power of Attorney Form
Instead of struggling to balance parenting/guardianship duties and other obligations, parents and guardians can instead take advantage of the flexibility a Wisconsin Minor Child Power of Attorney gives these parties. Should they find themselves tight on time or with too many commitments on their hands, they can use this contract to delegate their parenting or guardianship responsibilities respectively to another trusted party (called the Agent).
Prior to signing the Minor Child Power of Attorney, the Agent must agree to each and every term stated in the document by the Principal. If they do not agree with one or numerous terms, they should not sign it. The reason that it is crucial for the Agent completely agree with the POA’s terms is because upon his or her signature, they agree to readily attend to, on behalf of the parents or guardians, any and all tasks that have been detailed within it.
State Laws & Signing Requirements
State Laws – Children’s Code
Signing Requirements (48.979(2)): Wisconsin Power of Attorney laws concerning minor children state that in order for a Minor Child of Attorney form to be legally compliant, it must substantially conform to the form provided by the state. The form they refer to requires the following parties to sign the form:
- The parent/s, and
- The Agent
The form only makes it optional for a Notary Public to acknowledge the signatures. However, it is strongly recommended that the Principal indeed requires a Notary Public to be present, as their acknowledgement will help to safeguard the interests of all parties involved.