A California Copy Certification of Power of Attorney serves as a validation of the original notarized Power of Attorney, confirming that the Power of Attorney is genuine. It is not just a formality, it is a legal necessity in many cases. The certified copy can be useful in financial, healthcare, real estate and many other matters.
A California Notary Public can certify photocopies of powers of attorney. A certified copy of a power of attorney that has been certified by a California Notary Public has the same force and effect as the original Power of Attorney. (A suggested format for the certification is shown here)
Note: Other documents such as vital records, court documents and publicly recordable documents can not be certified by a California Notary Public. Only Powers of Attorney.
Reference: (California Probate Code § 4307)
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