October 1, 2008 at 12:36 pm #54361
Does any one know if you can give power of attourney to a Solicitor in Spain with out having to go over in person?
Any ideas would be appreciated.
October 1, 2008 at 12:44 pm #86587
I would not give a power of attorney to a solicitor in Spain. If you absolutely have to give one, make sure it is for a specific action.
There, cases where people had given a general power of attorney. Only to find out that the solicitor has sold the property or transferred it to him or his family.
Power of Attorney is a very powerful tool & has to be used with extreme caution.
October 1, 2008 at 1:05 pm #86590
What i did was ask my Spanish solicitor to draw up a POA in Spanish and English. I then had it checked by a UK notary and I signed in front of him. You’ll find one on google they are normally a practicing solicitor as well.
Cost me about £90 in the UK and the POA from the Spanish side was part of the deal with the purchase.
hope this helps
October 1, 2008 at 4:06 pm #86593
Jackie, to answer your question, yes, you can give a verbal power of attorney – which can specific : ie for a particular transaction only !!
October 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm #86594
Yes you do need to be very careful when executing powers of attorney as there have indeed been cases of Spanish solicitors, estate agents and the likes mis-behaving. I always recommend solicitors with dual practising certificates (ie UK/IRL and Spanish qualified).
Your Spanish solicitor should easily be able to draft a dual column (ie Spanish & English) power of attorney for you to execute before a notary in the UK. If you are intending to appoint them there should be no additional fee or at most EUR100.
You can then go before a Uk notary and they will witness the execution. Fees do vary slightly but should be somewhere between GBP40 to GBP60 per notaries signature. You will also probably require a notarised copy of your passport. You can use this link to find a UK notary
The documents will also require legalisation or as it is also known apostilling to be valid for use in Spain. Most notaries offer this service but if not you can post the documents off to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes with fee of GBP27 per document plus GBP6 postage. Check out the following site
Of course you can get UK notaries to do all the drafting – there are many that specialise in Spanish transactions – but for that service they will charge you a lot more.
October 2, 2008 at 12:39 pm #86603
Thanks for all your advise.
We have it sorted now 😀
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