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In Arizona, a parent of a minor (under age eighteen) may delegate to another person any powers he or she may have regarding the care, custody, or property of the minor child, except the power to consent to marriage or adoption of the minor.

A parent desiring to delegate his or her parental powers pursuant to this law must execute a power of attorney. A parent cannot delegate his or her parental powers by a power of attorney for longer than six months, but there is no limitation on the number of powers of attorney that they may execute. The six-month period may thus be extended by the execution of successive six-month powers of attorney.

Any parent leaving his or her child in the care of another for an extended period of time would do well to consider delegating some or all of their parental powers to the child’s temporary caregiver. By so doing, a parent may be able to avoid the consequences of Murphy’s Law (“If anything can go wrong, it will”).

The above article is an excerpt from Estate Planning in Arizona: What You Need to Know, 2nd Edition (Wheatmark, 2019), by Donald A. Loose, republished with the author’s permission.

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Donald A. Loose is an Arizona attorney, and the author of Arizona Laws 101: A Handbook for Non-Lawyers, and Estate Planning in Arizona: What You Need to Know.  Mr. Loose is a regular guest on radio shows featuring local newsmaker interviews. He may be contacted at