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Types of Power of Attorney in the UAE

In the UAE, powers of attorney play a vital role in legal representation and transactions. Individuals and companies often grant powers of attorney to trusted individuals, allowing them to act on their behalf. There are various types of power of attorney, each with its own specific purpose and limitations. In this article, we will discuss the types of power of attorney in the UAE and their significance.

Power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants the authority to act on behalf of another person or entity.

Types of Power of Attorney in the UAE

In the UAE, there are two types of powers of attorney utilized by Individuals and Companies:

  • General power of attorney
  • Special power of attorney

For Individuals:

General Power of Attorney (GPOA)

A General Power of Attorney grants the agent broad authority to act on behalf of the principal in all matters, including corporate matters, financial, legal, and personal affairs. It is commonly used when the principal is unable to attend to their personal or business affairs.

With a General Power of Attorney, the appointed agent has the authority to perform various actions such as managing real estate, representing the principal before government departments, incorporating legal entities, signing contracts, purchasing vehicles, and handling legal matters. However, it’s important to be aware that the extensive powers of a General POA also come with a higher risk of potential misuse or exploitation.

Special Power of Attorney (SPOA)

A special power of attorney is designed for specific purposes and grants the agent the power to perform a particular task on behalf of the principal. It is often used when the principal needs representation in tasks such as buying or selling property, managing a company, opening corporate bank accounts or signing contracts. Unlike a general power of attorney, an SPOA has limitations in scope, authorizing the agent to act only within the defined task or undertaking. Some of the commonly used SPOA are:

  • Power of Attorney for Real Estate

A Real Estate Power of Attorney (POA) in Dubai empowers an individual to act as your authorized representative in matters related to real estate transactions. This legal document grants the appointed agent the authority to perform various tasks on your behalf, such as buying or selling property, signing contracts, managing leases, and handling other real estate-related activities.

  • Power of Attorney for Vehicle

A Power of Attorney for Vehicle provides you with the ability to appoint an individual to manage various transactions associated with your vehicle on your behalf. This POA is commonly utilized to grant another person the authority to perform tasks such as selling, purchasing, vehicle registration, renewing registration, maintaining, obtaining a plate number, or exporting your vehicle. Some of the commonly used Vehicle POA’s are.

  • Power of Attorney for Inheritance

A Power of Attorney for Inheritance is given by an heir to other individual(s) or law firm to represent the heirs of a deceased person before the competent authorities in the UAE including courts to initiate and complete the probate proceedings. A POA for Inheritance also authorizes to obtain a succession certificate and distribution order.

  • Power of Attorney for Marriage

A Power of Attorney for marriage authorizes another person to act on behalf of bride’s father (or a legal guardian) to represent him as proxy and give consent for marriage at the family court in UAE during the marriage registration. If the father or the legal guardian of the bride cannot be personally present at the court, he can authorize another male, who must be at least 21 years old and has the same religion as him.

This legal document ensures that a designated proxy can act on behalf of the father or legal guardian during the marriage registration process, facilitating the necessary consent and documentation even in their absence.

  • Child Travel Consent Form and No Objection for Child Sponsorship:

If you are traveling with your child(ren) without the other parent or if your children are traveling with another adult (e.g. grandparents, teacher or family friends), a child travel consent form can help you avoid possible hassle during the trip. Using the child travel consent form, you can authorize the other parent or another adult to accompany, look after and make decisions for your child(ren) on behalf of you during a trip.

As the mother of the child, you may put the sponsorship/residency of the child under your visa thru securing the NOC from the child’s father.

For Companies:

Company Management Power of Attorney:

A company management power of attorney is granted by the owner(s) of a company to authorize the general manager to handle the day-to-day operations and manage the affairs of the company. It also outlines specific transactions that the general manager can undertake on behalf of the company, ensuring smooth operations. The Manager may also sign such POA, transferring their powers listed as per MOA-AOA to another person.

Special Power of Attorney:

Companies may grant a special power of attorney to an employee or a third party in situations where specific transactions need to be carried out. This type of power of attorney is commonly used for incorporating a new company, signing contracts and opening bank accounts.

Some of the commonly used business power of attorney are:

How to get the UAE Power of Attorney Online?

The electronic notarization service or e-notary portal from Dubai Courts allows people to notarize power of attorney from anywhere without going to the notary public offices. To get your UAE power of attorney online, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Place your order online through our Pricing page by selecting your desired POA package or contact us for assistance.

Step 2: We will collect the required information from you and send the draft of your POA in English and Arabic, by email for your review and approval.

Step 3: Upon approval, we’ll assist you with the electronic notarization of your POA from start to finish and you will get the notarized POA to your email.

It is crucial to choose the appropriate type of power of attorney based on the specific needs and circumstances. A power of attorney should be carefully drafted, ensuring that it includes all the necessary details and is acceptable to third parties and government departments. Consulting with a professional who is aware of the UAE Law is highly recommended to determine the most suitable type of power of attorney for individual or business requirements. Whether you require assistance with estate planning, property management, or company management decisions, a power of attorney can provide the necessary authority to fulfill the requirement.

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