Louisiana Provisional Custody By Mandate & Ramblings

This post is to explain the Louisiana Provisional Custody By Mandate law and form. It’s also a “flashback rambling”. Does that make sense? Probably not, but if you give me 3 minutes to read this it will get a lot (maybe) clearer. If you want to skip a bunch of paragraphs down you can get straight to the provisional custody part (jerk!).

Before I start this party I should at least take care of the obligatory plug- If you are anywhere near Baton Rouge, LA and need a notary to help you (regardless of the time or day of the week), you should be smart and call George Tull at 225-907-5280.



Ramblings of a Mad Notary

Fashion Emmy NomineesLet’s start with the flashback rambling. I have neglected this notary blog for so long. What a shame! This site started out as a personal notary blog (I am a notary, duh) way back at the beginning of 2014. That’s almost 3 years ago! I did pretty good with it for a while, but I started really slacking a few years ago.

How many years ago? I can’t believe it but I just realized that it’s been almost 2 years since I made a post here. 2 years…. I am a really, really bad notary blogger!

So what have I been doing for the last two years, besides neglecting this notary blog? Good question!

  • I am still the number 1, most awesome Baton Rouge Notary Public!
  • I am still a mobile notary that travelsĀ all over Baton Rouge and most of South Louisiana.
  • I’m still working my butt of including most weekends and nights, and am usually available 24/7 as an after hours notary public.
  • My notary rates are still pretty reasonable for nice people, and probably overpriced for rude people (I know who you are, yes I do).
  • Most of my income comes from closing residential loans and purchases as a notary signing agent. I have even recently picked up a new title company in Baton Rouge, and the relationship has blossomed (sounds funny, but it’s true).
  • I still have the three kids, wife, cats, and birds. The only kid still living with us is my baby boy, as my daughter has moved to Maine and my older son is getting closer to eventually graduating from LSU.

In other words, I have kept on plugging along over the last few years. I’m still doing my notary thing, even though I almost abandoned this blog.

Note to self: I, George Tull, the most incredible dude with a rubber stamp that has ever existed in my neighborhood, hereby solemnly swear to start updating this blog for at least the rest of December, 2016. So I swear it. A-men!

Ok, ok, enough of the ramblings. I have a little funny update to make here.

I was looking through the stats on this site. Would you believe that the most popular post was one that I made about getting temporary custody of a kid in Louisiana? When I say “most popular”, I really mean it, by a long shot! That’s “funny” to me because I have written about so many topics on here, and for some reason this is the most popular subject. Who would have thunk it?

Apparently a bunch of people want to know more about voluntary custody, so I decided that my first post back in almost two years should be dedicated to the subject. Without further ado, here ya go notary blog fans/groupies:


“Louisiana Provisional Custody By Mandate”

provisional custody by mandate louisianaI covered a lot about this topic on this post, but let’s talk a little more about it and provide a practical situation.

This law was actually created by the Louisiana legislature by statute. It’s pretty cool because it allows the parents of a child to temporarily (provisionally) grant someone else (their agent) the powers to act as the kid’s parent (custody) through a power of attorney (mandate).

See, we just completely explained what this provisional custody thing is. Did you get it? Ok… let’s explain it a bit more before we give an example.

The parents are allowed to grant someone else the authority to act as the child’s parent for a period of up to one year. The parents are known as the Principals, and the person that they grant this power to are known as the Agents. This contract is called a Mandate in Louisiana, while the rest of the civilized world simply calls it a Power of Attorney or POA. With this contract, the Agent is allowed do do everything that a parent can do.

Now it makes perfect sense right? So let’s walk through an example:

Bubba and Gina are the parents of little Shonequa. Bubba and Gina are about to go blow their last $1,000 at a brothel in Las Vegas. They, being the good parents that they are, want to make sure that little baby Shonequa is looked after while they are spending the money that they were supposed to use to fix their kid’s deformed teeth.

Bubba and Gina talk to Peter “The Perv”. Peter says that he would be happy to act as the parent of Shonequa while they are partying with Lebron James. Peter understands that they will be back in a month, and that his powers will go away when they get back. He’s happy to take Shonequa to the doctor, register her for school, and do everything that a parent can do with their kid while they are away.

Since they are pretty much lost and clueless, and they really need the assistance of the world’s greatest notary, they decide to call George at 225-907-5280 at 2:00 AM on Christmas Day. George explains that he’s happy to help for a small fee of $700. Peter, being the great guy/perv that he is is happy with the fee and agrees to let George take care of the paperwork.

So everybody gets together with George. Being the notary stud that he is, George whips out the LA Provisional Custody By Mandate form that he has and commences to filling it out.

Even though the parents can grant this power to Peter for a year, they elect to make it expire in a month (which they have the right to do).

George fills the form out, watches them sign it in front of the witnesses, and places his seal on it. In fact he’s so smart that George creates 3 originals for them to sign.

Now Peter has a fully authentic contract in hand proving that he can act in the parents’ place for a month. Ā Peter understands that the parents can rescind the contract whenever they want, but he also knows that third parties are not liable for any rescission without actual knowledge (too much legalese/I’m sorry).

So Gina and Bubba fly off to the STD Holy Land. Poor Shonequa gets sick and needs to go to the hospital. Peter The Perv brings the poor baby to the ER, shows him the Provisional Custody By Mandate, and the doctors are able to follow Peter’s request to pull all of Sonequa’s teeth out that are growing into her ankles.

Now does that make sense? If you don’t understand the Louisiana Provisional Custody By Mandate form by now, Lord help me. I’m just joking (not really), so you can call me anytime with your friendly (annoying) questions.


“The End”

So there you have it guys and gals. We covered my absence from this blog for almost two years. We explained provisional/temporary custody pretty well. We told a few jokes, smiled a few smiles, and came together as a Notary god/worshiper pretty well. My duties have been fulfilled.

Until next time, this is George, your super duper notary in Baton Rouge.


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