Use this document to give authority to someone else to sell a house, a flat or land that you own on your behalf.
Use this general power of attorney to delegate authority to someone else to act on your behalf, usually for a short and specified period of time.
The powers you grant could be related to any task. You can also specific the matters you don’t want the attorney to have power over and the period of time you wish the power to last.
Each of these documents grants a temporary power of attorney - legal authority for someone else to act on your behalf.
As the giver you become the "donor" of the power and the receiver becomes your "attorney". The actions that your attorney may take on your behalf can be as general or specific as you like and may relate to one part or all of your affairs.
With these templates, you have complete flexibility as to who to nominate as your attorney, the powers that you delegate and how they should be used, and the time period during which the powers last. You can also specify the matters you don’t want the attorney to have power over.
Using a power of attorney document
It is a good idea to discuss the extent of the power with your attorney in advance. Doing so will give him or her the opportunity to ask questions about your instructions and let you make clear exactly what you would like him or her to do. If you do, make sure what you have agreed is included in the document.
You can grant a power of attorney if you are over 18 years of age and have mental capacity. The attorney must also be over 18 years old and not be an undischarged or interim bankrupt.
You can only grant the power of attorney to do things that you already have the right and capacity to do yourself. You cannot use it to allow the attorney to make decisions about your welfare.
You do not have to register this general power of attorney with anyone or any organisation. It relies on law contained in the Powers of Attorney Act 1971.
A power of attorney document has effect once signed (or otherwise, if you say so in the document).
Often, a general power of attorney is used when:
- you are abroad but need someone to manage your financial and legal affairs at home (such as buying or selling property).
- you want to allow someone to perform a specific task on your behalf on a regular basis (such paying your bills in your name from your bank account each month or collecting a pension).
- you want to allow someone with greater knowledge of a subject to act on your behalf.
Do not confuse this with a Lasting Power of Attorney (which used to be called an Enduring Power of Attorney) which is used in anticipation of a person becoming permanently unable to handle their own affairs.