the art of caring for your aging loved one

Certified True Copy

Original or a Copy?

Certain agencies may request to see a document; for example, your Aging Loved One's power of attorney.

Take the document in person to the correct office.

Suppose you must mail an important document. Ask whether a certified true copy will be accepted.

A certified copy is a photocopy but it has been guaranteed to be true. A lawyer or notary public must sign the copy and add his seal or stamp.

Usually the lawyer or Notary Public will charge a fee for this service.


It is important to keep "Original" documents in a safe place, under lock and key. This could be a locked desk drawer or a Safety Deposit Box at the bank, or a metal filing box with a lock.

Keep the certified true copies in the legal section of The File.