Each state has laws that govern custody and guardianship rights of minor children, and Pennsylvania is not an exception. According to the local legislature, one would need to use the Pennsylvania Minor Child Power of Attorney Form to assign temporary custody rights to another person.
Family Law is very complex. Therefore, we strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with local regulations in advance. The Pennsylvania Code (Chapter 231, Title 1915) regulates all actions regarding both legal and physical custody and guardianship in the state. In some cases, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act comes into force. Under these regulations, the court can exercise or decline jurisdiction over the case.
Guardianship does not require legal proceedings. When parents cannot exercise custody of their children, they appoint a temporary caretaker by signing a fillable power of attorney form. There are various reasons for transferring custody. For example, if the parents are planning a long vacation together, leaving their minor children behind, they should appoint a legal guardian in advance.
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Usually, parents tend to choose a close family friend or a relative whom they trust unquestionably. When appointing a guardian, make sure that your children are comfortable with this particular person in the first place. Only the minor’s parents or an existing legal guardian can perform such actions. All principals must give their written consent for transferring custody, even temporarily.
No petition, complaint, or Criminal Record of Abuse History Verification is needed for establishing guardianship. It is a relatively simple procedure. If you ever need legal assistance regarding custody matters, please refer to the Pennsylvania Code. The document precisely describes the legal order of a lawsuit and even provides applicants with all the necessary court form templates.
|Document Name||Pennsylvania Minor Child Power of Attorney Form|
|Other Name||Pennsylvania Guardianship Form|
|Relevant Laws||No Statute|
|Avg. Time to Fill Out||10 minutes|
|# of Fillable Fields||44|
|Available Formats||Adobe PDF|
Before you can fill out the document, you need to obtain the right version of the Pennsylvania Minor Child Power of Attorney form. You can download the form online and print it out. We suggest using our form-building tools to build any legal document you need for your convenience.
Below are guidelines on filling out the power of attorney form:
1. Once you have built the necessary form, you need to confirm the Minor’s Identity. Enter their full name date of birth in the designated blank spaces. This personal data should match the minor’s Birth Certificate. If there is not enough space to fill in all the minors involved, you can create a separate list of the remaining concerned children.
2. Enter the full name and physical address of the parent or an existing legal guardian. Check the relevant box to indicate your current status. Likewise, fill in the second blank section for the second parent or a co-guardian (if applicable).
3. Next up, determine the new guardian’s identity. Enter their name and physical address. Next to the name, indicate the new guardian’s relation to the minor (aunt, uncle, grandparent, godparent, family friend).
4. In the next section, the parents or the legal guardian must define the scope of powers assigned to the Attorney-in-Fact and establish the period of temporary custody. There are only two choices and two corresponding boxes to check:
Then enter the date of guardianship commencement and termination. The principals have the legal right to revoke a power of attorney at any time.
5. All the existing principals and the Attorney-in-Fact must put down their signatures and printed names as a sign of consent. Do not forget to write down the current date as well.
6. Two witnesses are required to enforce the guardianship. They also need to sign the document and put down their printed names. At the final stage, the notary public shall provide for notarization and thus confirm the document’s execution.