Indiana Minor Child Power of Attorney Form
An Indiana minor child power of attorney form enables a child’s parents or guardians to legally delegate their parental or guardianship responsibilities to a selected individual. By executing this document, the designated agent can handle the child’s care, custody, education, training, health care, support, and property management. This power of attorney is beneficial when parents or guardians are temporarily unavailable, such as during military deployment, work-related travel, or medical emergencies. It offers peace of mind, knowing that a trusted individual can make essential decisions on behalf of the child during the parent’s or guardian’s absence.
Indiana law limits the agent’s decision-making powers to a period not exceeding twelve (12) months (§ 29-3-9-1). Exceptions apply if the parent initiating the form is a member of the armed forces, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Public Health Service of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, or serving on state active duty. The power of attorney document may extend beyond twelve (12) months in these cases. Still, it cannot exceed the term of active duty service plus thirty (30) days.
Signing Requirements (IC 29-3-9-1): Indiana laws mandate that a minor child power of attorney form must be “properly executed.” As per the state’s Power of Attorney Act, parents or guardians (the principals) must sign the document in the presence of a Notary Public.