A power of attorney allows someone to appoint an agent to act on their behalf. This can be particularly useful when dealing with property, probate, or companies abroad. Appointing an attorney is often the most straightforward way of buying or selling a house, accepting an inheritance, or founding a company when you are not able or willing to tend to these matters in person. In many instances, notarisation will be required for a power of attorney to be accepted by the authorities of foreign countries.
In the UK, powers of attorney are regulated primarily by the Powers of Attorney Act 1971, but if you are appointing someone to act on your behalf abroad, then the document may need to be prepared with regards to the country’s local laws. We can notarise powers of attorney that come prepared by your advisors in the relevant country, and, for certain jurisdictions such as Spain and Germany, we can also assist with drafting and editing.
Notarisation involves one of our notaries issuing a certificate confirming your identity, willingness to be bound and potentially your authority to act on behalf of a company. For some countries, legalisation by means of an apostille or a consular legalisation might be required.
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