Advice For Adult Caregivers
I get numerous requests from adult children who need documents signed by their parents to be notarized. Many of these adult children are caregivers for their elderly parents, who are no longer able to care for themselves.
When I am contacted, many ask if I have the forms they need. Since I am not an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas, I cannot provide any legal documents, nor can I give any legal advice. I explain this to potential clients, and I recommend that they contact a lawyer.
The most common documents requested are:
- General Power of Attorney*
- Durable Power of Attorney*
- Medical Power of Attorney*
- Physician’s Directive*
- Last Will and Testament*
Fortunately, there are many instances when a potential client calls, and they already have the documents needed, they just need the parent’s signature, and the notarization. This sounds easy enough, but sometimes it gets complicated.
During our initial phone call, I always ask the caregiver if the document signer has a current, valid government (federal or state) issued ID. In many cases, the elderly parent no longer drives, so they never renewed their Driver’s License (Texas Driver License). Caregivers and parents are often not aware that the elderly parent can apply for a Texas Identification Card that is usually issued with no expiration date. The Texas Identification card is considered a valid form of government-issued identification.
The option mentioned above works well if the elderly parent is mobile. However, in many instances, the elderly parent is either housebound, hospitalized or residing in a nursing facility and/or unable to travel. When this is the case I ask the person making the appointment, if they are able to provide a “credible witness” who knows their elderly parent, is not named as a beneficiary in any of the documents being notarized, and is willing to swear under oath verifying the signer’s identity. I also let the person know that the “credible witness” will need to have a current valid government (federal or state) issued ID.
All of this can seem overwhelming to the already overburden adult caregivers. It helps if you are working with a knowledgeable Texas Notary Public whose familiar with the proper procedures. Please feel free to contact My San Antonio Mobile Notary to assist with any of your notarization needs. We take pride in the service we provide our customers.
See Chapter 121, §121.005 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code to learn more about Credible Witness.
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* My San Antonio Mobile Notary does not endorse, nor recommend any of the documents listed. Linked documents provided as courtesy from the Texas Health and Human Services website. If you have any legal questions you should contact an attorney.
I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN TEXAS AND MAY NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT FEES FOR LEGAL ADVICE.