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The power of attorney (POA) is an important legal document given by a person or a company to another person or a company to act for and on behalf of them in various government departments and for contractual purposes. The attorney and the person giving the other authority to act on his behalf, called the principal, must be over 21 years of age.
If the POA is being executed in the UAE, both the principal and the attorney are mandated to be present before the notary public to sign it. The notary public checks the identity of the document or contract holder and also verifies his capacity and his approval.
If the POA is signed abroad, the process is slightly more complex. The document needs to be attested by the foreign office of that country and needs a seal of approval from the UAE embassy in that country. The contract, which needs to be translated into Arabic in the UAE, is required to be attested by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ratified by the Ministry of Justice.
A general POA empowers the attorney to be responsible for a variety of areas ranging from the purchase and sale of business, dealings with banks and financial institutions, and representation in courts.
Here, a POA is common practice in limited liability companies. An Emirati partner, holding a majority stake in the company, often gives his expatriate partner the right to manage the business on his behalf through a POA.
• Power Of Attorney gives one authority to do a legal act for you
• It needs to be notarised with both parties present
• It is commonly used in limited liability firms in UAE
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer