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A power of attorney is a public document authorized by a notary that allows a person or company to designate another as their representative to act on their behalf in certain legal acts, so that the representative must prove their quality of attorney by displaying the Authorized copy of power.

The principal is free to revoke the power at any time by requesting the representative to return the authorized copy of the power of attorney. It is also convenient to grant a deed of revocation of power and notify the representative of the revocation by means of a notary, which does not have to coincide with the one to whom the power was initially granted.

The electronic signature recognized among notaries allows to send electronically and immediately authorized copies of powers between different notaries without the need for the remission of the authorized copy on paper, thus saving valuable time in the granting of the deed in which the attorney will intervene .

Spanish notarial powers have international recognition. The so-called Apostille of the Hague allows the legal efficacy of a power to be recognized between countries that sign the Hague Convention (at present, very few countries have not acceded to this agreement). The apostille consists of an annotation on the notarized public document that certifies the authenticity of public documents issued in another country.

Power of Attorney types

There are different types of powers, which requires a personalized writing and treatment of each one. Do not hesitate to contact Vives Pons & Asociados, S.L.P. to advise you on which one is the best for your interests.

In some cases it is intended to delegate the greatest number of powers to the representative including in power a wide range of acts that he may perform on behalf of the principal, speaking in these cases of the so-called general power. But in reality there are as many possibilities of configuring a power as acts or businesses admit the figure of representation. Thus, it should be noted the power for lawsuits (which empowers an attorney to appear in a trial on behalf of someone), the power to marry (if the spouses reside in different places), and in general any other referred to the acts that the action of representation allows.

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