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Matthew Adam Gruber

Matthew Adam Gruber

Gruber Law, PLLC
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Business Law...
  • Florida
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  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
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  • Real Estate Law
  • Elder Law
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Florida International University College of Law
University of Miami
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Q. In Florida, if one prints POA and will forms from the Internet, has them notarized, are they legal documents?
A: Pursuant to Florida law in place on 03/07/19, to answer your question as it was literally written, the answer is NO - they are not legal documents. I strongly urge you not to print Power of Attorney and Will forms from the internet for signing and notarizing. Per the Florida Statutes, both sets of documents require specific types of witnesses and you didn't mention that the documents were witnessed and signed by the right people. Also, you may be choosing witnesses that may not make the...well, best witnesses, if later on your documents are challenged in court. Let's say that you did find the right types of witnesses required by the Florida Statutes and you did sign the forms in front of both the witnesses and the notary (if notarization is even necessary, depending on which document we're analyzing and what are your goals) - the document itself may be a poorly drafted one or worse - no longer legal at all! Keep this in mind - when you use Google searches for anything, the most frequented and relevant sites appear on the first few pages. If a particular form on a website is used over and over again for years, it will likely build up the search engine optimization to appear at the top of the listings for years to come. However, if the law changes and makes those forms no longer valid (for example, the termination of "springing" powers of attorney on 10/01/16), there are no legal police that remove those outdated websites with outdated legal forms from the top of Google's search results. It could take months to even years for the Google search engines to realize that they are promoting a bad website link and handing you a bad form. To answer the second part of your question, powers of attorney are only filed in limited circumstances, such as when used to sign as an agent for the principal in a real estate transaction. Wills only need to be deposited with the clerk by the person in possession within 10 days after the Testator's death.
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Gruber Law, PLLC
9350 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33156
Telephone: (305) 665-8888
Fax: (305) 665-3939