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Power of Attorney

Draft intelligent power of attorneys with solicitors qualified in UAE law practice.When you need a little help making big decisions, a Power of Attorney form (also known as a POA form) allows you to give permission to another person or entity (your agent) to act on your behalf.

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The Fine Print
A general power of attorney in the UAE gives broad powers to a person or organization (known as an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act in your behalf. These powers include handling financial and business transactions, buying life insurance, settling claims, operating business interests, making gifts, and employing professional help.General power of attorney is an effective tool if you will be out of the country and need someone to handle certain matters, or when you are physically or mentally incapable of managing your affairs. A general power of attorney is often included in an estate plan to make sure someone can handle financial matters.

What is required
Valid identification document of grantor and grantee

How long does it take?
One working day

Format of delivery
PDF/Email

Exclusions
Notarization and attestation charges

Specify exactly what powers an agent may exercise by signing a special power of attorney. This is often used when one cannot handle certain affairs due to other commitments or health reasons. Selling property (personal and real), managing real estate, collecting debts, and handling business transactions are some of the common matters specified in a special power of attorney document.

What is required
Valid identification document of grantor and grantee

How long does it take?
One working day

Format of delivery
PDF/Email

Exclusions
Notarization and attestation charges

The power of attorney for residency and foreign affiars is a provisional document issued to a grantee for handing immigration affairs including visa processing,cancellations,disputes and settlements.

What is required
Valid identification document of grantor and grantee

How long does it take?
One working day

Format of delivery
PDF/Email

Exclusions
Notarization and attestation charges

General Power of Attorney (GPA) for court cases is a document that empowers a person to appear on behalf of another person for matters related to court cases. It is typically used for the following scenarios-

  • Submit cases to lawyers/legal personnel on behalf of the Principal/ Grantor
  • Sign documents concerning court cases on behalf of the Principal/ Grantor
  • Carry out acts or deeds directly relating to court cases
  • File FIR/complaints to relevant authorities
  • Depose for evidence or give statements
  • Enter into settlements of cases or compromises

In general, a GPA for court cases can empower the Attorney to appear on behalf of the Principal for all matters related to court cases, if so deemed by the GPA document.

What is required
Valid identification document of grantor and grantee

How long does it take?
One working day

Format of delivery
PDF/Email

Exclusions
Notarization and attestation charges

A power of attorney for real estate is a simple legal document that allows you to give someone the authority to buy or sell real estate for you, or to conduct any other business involving real estate that you own.UAE courts only notarizes POA’s that specify the property and the acts permissible by the Grantee in regards to that property (eg. to sell the property, rent the property, collect rent cheques, etc.). General POA’s are not issued by the Dubai Notary Public for real estate purposes.

Read more in knowledge base  below.

What is required
Valid identification document of grantor and grantee

How long does it take?
One working day

Format of delivery
PDF/Email

Exclusions
Notarization and attestation charges

This power of attorney document enables a married couple to designate a third party agent to act on the couple's behalf. If the wife's guardian is unable to come in person,it's mandatory as per UAE law that a proxy be delegated through a certified power of attorney.

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Power of attorney or documents issued from a country outside the UAE must be ratified by the Ministry of foreign affairs and the UAE embassy of the grantor followed by the UAE ministry of foreign affairs.It's mandatory that the document is translated into Arabic and further attested by the UAE ministry of justice.

What is required
Valid identification document of grantor and grantee

How long does it take?
One working day

Format of delivery
PDF/Email

Exclusions
Notarization and attestation charges

Knowledge base

Yes;provided the POA specifies clearly if the grantees are acting individually or collectively; or in any other manner.If the power of attorney fails to specify;it will be mandatory for the grantees to act jointly.

  1. Submit the original power of attorney to the notary.
  2. Present multiple copies of judicial warnings for cancellation of Power of Attorney typed in Arabic.
  3. Present a copy of the national and resident applicant’s UAE ID or passport copy of a non-resident applicant.
  1. Originals and copies of limitation of succession.
  2. ID card of the national and resident agents or passports of non-residents.
  3. If there are minors or legally incompetent individuals, present their passport copies and approval of the relevant authority.
  4. If the minor had reached the age of maturity/age of discretion, present a copy of the Proof of Full age application.

Revoking a P.O.A. can be either by mutual recognition or by serving a legal notice from the grantor to the grantee or vice versa, provided that the court representatives are formally notified; or by advertising in a newspaper.

A general power of attorney gives broad authorizations to the agent. The agent may be able to make medical decisions, legal choices, or financial or business decisions. A special power of attorney narrows what choices the agent can make. You can even make several different POAs, with different agents for each.

If issued in a foreign country, the POA must be signed before a Notary Public in that country, then legalized at the UAE Embassy in that country (or the closest country with a UAE mission) and finally sent to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs for attestation.

As per UAE law, a POA must be in Arabic. If the document is in both Arabic and English, and there is an inconsistency in the two language versions, the Arabic interpretation will prevail.A bilingual POA should be stamped by a licensed legal translator before being notarized

POA’s issued for real estate transactions should specify the property ;and the extent of acts permissible by the grantor to the grantee in regards to that property (eg. to sell the property, rent the property, collect rent cheques, etc.). General POA’s are not issued by the Notary Public for real estate purposes. Further,Dubai Courts and Dubai Land Department (DLD) also limit the validity of real estate-related POA’s to two years.

In addition, the Notary Public requires the Title Deed to be in the name of the Seller when issuing a POA to sell a property. Therefore, if the property has not yet been transferred from the Developer (or previous Seller) to the current Seller, the Notary will not issue the POA allowing the sale of the property.It is important to note that DLD rules only allow the cheque for sale proceeds to be in the name of the Seller, even if the POA allows the Grantee to accept it in his or her name. DLD has also prohibited real estate brokers (or anyone under a real estate company visa) from being a Grantee under a POA.

To conduct due diligence during the transaction, the parties (or their brokers) should confirm that a POA is valid and has not been revoked by the Grantor. This can be done via the Dubai Courts’ website under Public E-Services (then Inquiries/Inquiries about a document/Authentication Register) using the year of registration and the serial number of the POA. If it is issued overseas, the POA should have both a UAE Embassy stamp and one from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As per UAE law, it's mandatory that the bride's father or next of kin comes in person.In the event that the guardian is not available in person, they may delegate a proxy through a certified power of attorney.If the bride's father is deceased, a certificate of Death should be produced and her closest guardian should appear for the marriage.( i.e. her brother, nephew, uncle, and cousin ) or his proxy appointed by a ratified power of attorney.

Power of attorney or documents issued from a country outside the UAE must be ratified by the following:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country
  • UAE embassy of the country
  • UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The POA must be in Arabic
  • All foreign language articles must be legally translated and attested by the UAE Ministry of Justice.

Documents issued from a consulate or an embassy in UAE must be ratified by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translated into Arabic by a legal translator.

Queries?Read our blog post on this subject.

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