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Can you open mail on another's behalf with their written authorization?

Asked by sunrunner (117 points ) February 22nd, 2011

Curious if it’s possible to do this.

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8 Answers

DeanV's avatar

I would imagine that it is not.

zenvelo's avatar

If you have a power of attorney you can.

bob_'s avatar

What kind of mail are we talking about? And how safe do you want to be?

If it’s regular mail, and there’s trust, a simple verbal okay will suffice.

faye's avatar

Secretaries open their boss’s mail on a written okay.

ETpro's avatar

Yes. My son is currently on deployment in Afghanistan. He gave me full power of attorney and authorization to open his mail, which he had forwarded here instead of his apartment. I open everything and handle anything I can here. I scan and email or snail mail anything to him that he needs to specifically see. So far, there has been no need to do that.

sakura's avatar

I open my husbands post all the time, if it looks interesting!! He doesn’t seem to mind, just like I don’t mind if he opens mine. To me if you’ve nothing to hide then why not? I’m not sure what the legal ramifications are but we haven’t signed anything.

john65pennington's avatar

Yes. I am my mothers Power of Attorney for her health and all administrative dealings with her life.

This also includes opening and reading her mail and her bills to be paid.

AshlynM's avatar

As long as there is something in writing.

Also, Power of Attorney can get this accomplished.

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