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Power of Attorney in Dubai

Power of Attorney in Dubai

Updated on Monday 31st July 2017

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A power of attorney is a special document which grants authority and it is given by one person or company to another person or company so that the latter will be able to act on behalf of the grantor. Persons who sign powers of attorney in Dubai must be over 21 and have full mental capacity. One should know that this significant document can be used by lawyers in Dubai when acting on behalf of their clients. If a power of attorney is necessary for a foreign business owner in Dubai and has been issued in another country, it also has to be translated into Arabic in the UAE and then legalized. Our team of lawyers in Dubai can help you deal with the necessary formalities so that you can use a foreign power of attorney in Dubai.

Rights conferred by a power of attorney

A power of attorney empowers the principal to sign in all capacities as a legal representative of someone else. It is a trust relationship and any misuse will be considered fraud and will be judged in the court of law. A power of attorney is usually issued for a specific task and can be cancelled by the executor at any time or once the task has been completed. Dubai and the UAE do not recognize a lasting power of attorney, meaning that such document will be cancelled once the executor has deceased. Also, Dubai does not allow for the signing of an irrevocable power of attorney. Our Dubai lawyers can help you choose the most suitable type of power of attorney.

Using a power of attorney in Dubai

A power of attorney can be issued for a number of different tasks. Such a document can also be general, meaning that a person will have the right to sign/ decide for all matters concerning the grantor. A power of attorney can be issued for buying and selling properties or vehicles, for residency and foreigners affairs, for incorporating a company, for inheritance matters and others. A special power of attorney is usually issued for tenancy disputes, for granted land, for properties, for administrating an establishment or for trademarks.

Power of attorney for real estate transactions in Dubai

Numerous rules and regulations need to be considered as soon as you decide to acquire or sell properties in Dubai. The power of attorney can cover varied actions like signing a rental or a purchase contract, registering utility bills or deliver possession of assets from developers. The person who receives the POA (power of attorney) is fully entitled to represent a party in the activities related to real estate acquisition. One should know that the power of attorney in Dubai cannot grant the possibility of receiving money in the name of the company or representative. In cases of property sale, the Land Department in Dubai will only accept a banker’s draft in charge of receiving and supervising the financial transaction in a real estate purchase.

The validity of the power of attorney in Dubai

A power of attorney has a particular time limit, as long as a transaction or activity takes place, but considering the rules in the UAE. Please keep in mind that the power of attorney in Dubai is available for two years after which a renewal is necessary. As for the revocation of the POA in Dubai, a notification in this matter needs to be created and delivered to the office that issued the document in the first place.
We remind that our advisors can help you draw up a power of attorney for simple tasks of for special procedures. Please contact our law firm in Dubai for more information about this document.


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