A South Dakota minor (child) power of attorney lets parents or guardians grant attorney-in-fact authority over a child’s medical care and education-related decisions. It’s a crucial instrument for parents facing unforeseen circumstances, as a parent may need to create it when they’re experiencing an illness, undergoing a medical procedure, traveling for business, or facing incarceration.
The parent or guardian (the “principal”) decides how comprehensive the authorities are. They may limit the agent’s responsibilities to day-to-day responsibilities, or they may also let them make more critical decisions. Please note that this POA can only last for six months. The parent must complete a new form at the end of six months to prolong the agent’s authority.