If you have a property, business, or a personal matter requiring decision-making in the UAE, you may need to provide a Power of Attorney to your designated person (the “attorney”). When choosing this individual, be mindful of the power and control that you are sharing. Your chosen “attorney” will be able to act as you for the business entity, personal matter or estate. A Power of Attorney is a powerful tool. It may be a good idea to speak with a legal advisor about the terms and limitations, if any, you wish to place on the granted decision-making rights. Here’s all you need to know about preparing a Power of Attorney for use in the UAE.
What is a Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants someone else permission to make decisions on your behalf. The “grantor” is the person giving permission, while the person receiving the decision-making rights is the “attorney”. You can use a Power of Attorney for personal, commercial, or property decision-making. Anyone can fill the two roles of the POA. Both designated individuals need to both be over 18 and capable enough to carry the responsibilities.
Swearing your Power of Attorney for use in UAE
To start the process, you need to swear on the POA and then have a Canadian lawyer or Notary Public seal it. Any local licensed lawyer or Notary Public can help you complete this step. However, if you have a commercial or property Power of Attorney, you may benefit from approaching someone skilled in commercial or property law.
Power of Attorney Attestation vs. Authentication and Legalization
If you need to use a Power of Attorney in the UAE, you need to authenticate and legalize it first! After these two steps, you have validated the POA for international use. There’s something very important you should keep in mind, though! In the UAE, the process is called Power of Attorney Attestation. Whereas in Canada, it’s Power of Attorney Authentication and Legalization. The terminology is different, but the processes are equivalent to each other.
Authenticating your Power of Attorney for UAE
Once you have the Power of Attorney sworn and notarized, your document is ready for authentication. Authentication in Canada is performed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) located in Ottawa. They verify that the signatures and seals on a document are authentic. GAC will place a red stamp on your document to complete authentication.
Legalization of Power of Attorney at the UAE Embassy
Following Authentication, your Power of Attorney will need to be submitted to the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates located in Ottawa. Here, your document will undergo the final step of legalization. The embassy will review your document to ensure the GAC stamp is genuine. As well as make sure it meets the requirements set forth by the UAE. Once the embassy is satisfied, they too will place a stamp or certificate indicating that your Power of Attorney has been legalized.
When and Why trust Authentication and Legalization Professionals?
The process of document attestation can be time consuming and difficult in many ways. The physical location of GAC and most embassies in Canada to work with. For these reasons, it is advisable to contact a legalization professional such as Legalization Service Centre to conduct the process on your behalf. We will gather all the right documents and make their transfer to the final destination smoother! While it typically takes 15 to 20 days to authenticate a document if you to submit it yourself, LSC can have the document processed at GAC in as little as one business day. Moreover, since we are professionals who handle these matters regularly, our skilled agents submit your documents free of errors or omissions which can otherwise cost you hundreds of dollars in additional fees.
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