Do you live in the United Kingdom (UK) yet have unfinished business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? Whether you need to sell your car, rent out your home, or run your company, a Power of Attorney is a great way to get things done without having to be there. You’ve arrived at the right place if you’re wondering:
- How to appoint someone to accomplish your responsibilities?
- How to attest your Power of Attorney to be utilized in UAE while you’re in the UK.
Attestation necessitates many visits to government agencies and follow-up to determine whether your document is progressing or is stalled someplace.
What is Power of Attorney (POA) Attestation?
Power of Attorney attestation is the act of seeing a certificate with an authorized person/persons/Departments/authorities official seal and signature. This attestation also certifies that the specified/ certificate was granted by the given department—seal and signature on that particular Power of Attorney to ensure its authenticity.
Why is Power of Attorney required?
A Power of Attorney gives the attorney the authority to sign in any capacity specified in the POA. It can include the ability to buy and sell property, file legal proceedings, and sign contracts, among other things. There is a trust relationship between the person who gives the power of attorney (Principal) and the attorney (The person to whom the authority is delegated).
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Legalization Procedure required for Attestation of POA in UAE from the UK:
- Determine which POA you want to use
POA can be divided into two categories: General and Specific. A general POA allows your designated attorney-in-fact (also known as “agent”) to conduct any business on your behalf. Still, a particular POA is restricted to the activities listed in the instrument. Only give a broad POA to someone you trust and capable of executing transactions on your behalf. It’s also worth mentioning that, under UAE law, you may only issue a special POA with selling a property in the UAE.
- Creating a Power of Attorney
To begin, you must write your POA. It is critical to ensure that the document is written appropriately in the UAE while drafting it.
- Notarization of Power of Attorney
The next step is to get the POA notarized in the United Kingdom after the document has been finished. In the United Kingdom, you can get the document notarized by any qualified notary public or solicitor. It will be necessary for you to sign it in front of a notary public or a solicitor. POAs can also be registered directly with UAE courts via video conversations in rare situations.
- Attestation of Power of Attorney by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) in the United Kingdom must attest to the POA once notarized. For the FCO to attest to the POA, the original notarized copy is necessary. The notary public’s or solicitor’s signature, seal, or stamp on a document is authenticated through this attestation procedure. Legalization or apostille are terms used to describe this procedure.
- Attestation of POA by UAE Embassy in the UK
The next step would be to have the POA confirmed by the UAE Embassy in the UK once the FCO has properly attested it. The UAE Embassy in the United Kingdom requires the original notarized and attested POA before certifying the document. The official sticker with the UAE Embassy’s stamp will be put during this process, and an embassy official will sign it appropriately. The legitimacy of the FCO’s signature, seal, or stamp on a document is verified through this attestation procedure.
- Attestation by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
After the attestation procedure in the UK is finished, the original certified POA must be transported to the UAE for additional attestations. The POA must then be authenticated by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (“MOFA”) after being presented to the UAE. For the attestation, the MOFA will require the original certified POA. On the same, another official sticker with the MOFA’s stamp will be applied. This procedure validates the legitimacy of the FCO and UAE Embassy in the UK attestation stamps on the document.
- Attestation by the UAE Ministry of Justice (MOJ) (if applicable)
The UAE Ministry of Justice (“MOJ”) must certify an Arabic translation of the POA as the final stage in the procedure. The MOJ need this original certified and translated POA to attest to the document. This method confirms the legitimacy of the Arabic translation and that it was completed by a legal Arabic translator who is fully licensed with the MOJ.
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The purpose of this article is to provide a general overview of the subject. If you have a specific problem, you should seek expert advice. A POA’s attestation might take a long time. It might take two to four weeks, depending on the language of the power of attorney and the availability of the necessary ministries. It is essential that you seek expert guidance to ensure that you are following the POA’s legalization procedure correctly. At Notary Public Dubai, we routinely assist our clients in obtaining POAs from several ministries.
If you have any queries, please contact our team of attestation professionals right away.
Syed Hassan Ali has an experience of 13 years and is highly specialized in providing legal consulting for all types of notary requirements. By utilizing his diverse and deep knowledge, he has consistently aided individuals and organizations in finding flexible and timely solutions.