Can someone else sign and date the application if the applicant is mentally or physically incapacitated?
Yes. A court-appointed legal guardian or Medical Durable Power of Attorney (MDPOA) with the authority to sign documents and make medical decisions can apply on behalf of the applicant. The legal guardian or MDPOA must also do the following:
- Submit legal documentation verifying that he or she is the legal guardian or MDPOA for the applicant. The documentation must clearly state the legal guardian or MDPOA has the authority to sign documents and make medical decisions for the applicant.
- If the MDPOA takes effect based on specific conditions, the individual designated as the MDPOA must submit proof that those conditions have been met. For example, if an MDPOA takes effect when a physician(s) determines the applicant is incapable of making his or her own decisions, the individual designated as the MDPOA must submit proof that a physician(s) has made that determination.