John Russo | John Russo
Depends on where you live, but to give full legal you must go through the system, now you may be able to obtain limited forms, like for school etc, by going through them (the school) for the paper work, but for more complex issues like medical etc, you need the courts.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
In Colorado you can give someone else a power of attorney delegating parental authority for up to one year at time. That is sufficient for most short term circumstances, but you should consult an attorney to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using this as alternative to a court-appointed legal guardian.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
There is no binding legal way to do this. You can give the friend a power of attorney along with a consent letter but that can be challenged by other parent. So, unless there is a legal guardianship anything you do would be informal.
Answer Applies to: California
R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
You cannot do this without going through the court system. If you draft a power of attorney, it may fool some people, but will not be worth the paper it is written upon legally. Guardianship is very expensive and time consuming. If the person is related, perhaps you could file a temporary custody by extended family.
Answer Applies to: Florida