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Video: Update on Georgia’s Power of Attorney Law

Georgia Power of Attorney Law Update

Georgia recently updated its Power of Attorney law. In Siedentopf Law’s latest video, estate planning and probate attorney Sarah Siedentopf explains those changes and how it could affect you.

Hi, I’m Sarah Siedentopf. I’m an estate planning and probate attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. So, this is an update to a previous video.

How do you sign your power of attorney?

Last year, July 1st, 2017, we had a new power of attorney law. This year, July 1st, 2018, we had updates and revisions to the power of attorney law. Previously, to sign a power of attorney, you had to have two witnesses and a notary. And normally, to transfer property, you only needed to have one witness and a notary sign a deed. So this year, they decided that the property transfer rules and the power of attorney signing rules should be the same. So, we’re very lucky they made the power of attorney rules the same as the deed transfer rules, instead of the other way around, but now all you need in order to sign a power of attorney is one witness and a notary. Now, you still need the witness and the notary all to watch the first person sign but it makes it easier and we’re very pleased — I’m very pleased — have to get fewer people to come in and witness for my client. So, the new rule update for July 2018: one witness and one notary to sign a valid power of attorney under the new law. If you’ve got any other questions about powers of attorney, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks.

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