A power of attorney is a legal document authorising someone to act on your behalf.
A power of attorney, also known as a letter of authorisation, is a very common document. It is made by the “donor” or “grantor” and lists all the powers which the appointed “attorney” is authorised to carry out. It will also state how long the powers are due to last.
Each country has its own templates and wording for powers of attorney. For some countries, they must be drafted in bilingual format, or in the local language of the country. Although the power of attorney may be formatted slightly different, the general structure is universal.
Different countries will also have different requirements as to how the power of attorney is executed. For example, some countries will require a passport-sized picture or a copy of your passport to be attached, others will require at least two witnesses.
We strongly recommend that you instruct lawyers in the country where it will be used to draft the power of attorney to ensure it will be compliant with local law in that country. They will then provide you with a list of instructions that must be carried out when signing the document.