Power of Attorney (POA)

Power of Attorney (POA)

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document allowing someone (the agent) to act on behalf of someone else (the principal). A POA is often used if the principal is sick or unavailable to sign legal paperwork for financial transactions. 

A general POA gives the agent broad authority in all matters, while a limited POA specifies certain matters the agent can act on.

You should get your Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated to avoid later disputes about its validity. This is important if you are unable to manage your affairs and appoint someone to handle legal, financial, and medical matters. It’s also important if you appoint someone to act for you in transactions, bank affairs, adoption, etc.  

The Power Of Attorney Include:

  • Principal and agent’s information 
  • Specific matters and powers granted
  • Effective and expiration dates

It’s best to have the POA in both English and the language where it will be used. This allows notaries and officials in both countries to understand it. Confirm requirements with the destination country.  

Types of Power Of Attorney Include:

  • General
  • Real estate transactions
  • Car sale
  • Bank affairs
  • Litigation
  • Divorce
  • Adoption

Use a professional attorney or template to draft the POA. Before using a US Power Of Attorney get it apostilled or authenticated. If the country is a Hague Convention member, get an apostille from Pac Signing. 

Simply place an order on the pacsigning apostille authentication or notary service and mail us to notarize your original documents. We’ll get the proper authentications for your situation.