A Power of Attorney is a written legal document that acknowledges you to appoint a person or organization to act for you in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. By Power of Attorney, You create a legal relationship in which you are the main, grantor of the power, and the person you appoint as your agent, attorney. A Power of Attorney defines the powers you give to your agent or attorney.
The power of attorney is often issued when someone becomes ill or disabled or residing in a foreign country and can't be present to sign important legal documents.
Once the Power of Attorney is registered by an SDM/GAD, they officially validate its originality and accuracy to be used for official purposes. Once a person travels abroad, attested Power of Attorney may be required for:
Residing in a foreign country & unable to be present for the task
Illness and Bedridden
Old Age or Senior Citizens with Health Problems
Or any other reason for being unable to present personally
Step 1 :- Power of Attorney will be sent to the District for Verification by the State Home Department.
Step 2 :- After verification is received from the registrar, the Home Department will attest to the original Power of Attorney.
Step 3 :- Once the original Power of Attorney is attested by State Home Department. Original Power of Attorney will be sent to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi for Apostille/attestation/legalization.
Step 4 :- After Apostille/attestation from Ministry of External Affairs Govt of India (MEA), New Delhi Power of Attorney will be sent to Embassy/Consulate of the concerned country for last and final attestation.
However, there is another process if you don’t get your POA attested by State Home Department.
Step 1 :- Power of Attorney will be attested by Notary & SUB Divisional Magistrate.
Step 2 :- After Notary & SUB Divisional Magistrate (SDM) attestation. Original Power of Attorney will be attested by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi.
Step 3 :- After attestation/Apostille from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi. Power of Attorney will be attested by Embassy/Consulate.
Documents Required for Power of Attorney Attestation