For a Person Signing with Power of Attorney

Situation: John Doe presents a document to be signed by Nancy Smith.  John Doe states that he has power of attorney for Nancy Smith.  John Doe signs the document in one of two ways:

(1) John Doe as attorney-in-fact for Nancy Smith

(2) Nancy Smith by John Doe, attorney-in-fact

The first way is the preferred method in Florida.

It is not the notary‘s responsibility to ensure that the signer has power of attorney.  The person states he has that authority and indicates this fact when he signs.