Frequently Asked Questions About Power of Attorneys
The apostille is often required on Power of Attorney documents issued in the UK. We hope the following FAQs are helpful, but please contact us if you need any assistance.
Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that enables you to give authority to another party to act or make decisions on your behalf. The Power of Attorney document is generally created by many for issues in relation to either Health or Finances. Creating and issuing a Power of Attorney can be a great way of ensuring all of your affairs are in order if you are unable to deal with them personally.
Due to verification rules and regulations all Power of Attorney (POA) documents, must be witnessed by a practising UK Solicitor or Notary Public. The Solicitor or Notary will be present when the relevant party signs the Power of Attorney and will then add their own certification to state they have witnessed this take place. If your POA specifically references being signed by a UK Notary Public, then you would not be able to have a solicitor sign the document as this is not acceptable with the UK Foreign Office.
When looking to obtain a Power of Attorney (POA) there are many options available to you. There are no generic templates for the document as it is created dependent on individual circumstance. You can obtain a POA through UK solicitors or Notary publics, however this can be very expensive. Alternatively you can buy templates online, have specialist companies assist in drafting the document; or the relevant party requesting the Power of Attorney document (e.g. a bank to take control of specific finances) may be able to assist in creating this for you on your behalf.
In order for our company to be able to assist in legalising your Power of Attorney documentation, it must firstly be witnessed by a practising UK solicitor or Notary Public outside of our office. Once this has been done you can order the service online and post the original witnessed document to us.