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Notary Public Services South-Africa


Sign Power of Attorney for Foreign Use

A Power of Attorney is a document signed by one person (usually called the ‘donor’) giving another person (usually called the ‘donee’ or the ‘attorney’) power to sign documents on the donor’s behalf and to do such things in relation to his or her affairs as are described specifically (a special of atorrney) or generally (a general power) in the document.

Where the power of attorney is to be intended for use outside the borders of South-Africa the power of Attorney needs to be signed in front of a Notary Public who will attest (attestation) to your identity and the fact that you have signed the document in the pressence of the notary. Further to the attestation the power of attorney will have to be legalized by either an Apostille certificate or an Authenticatio depending on the country the power of attorney is destined to be used in. We charge an fee of R650 per attestation which includes the consultation with the notary as well as the legalization of the power of attorney.



If, for instance, you are buying, selling or mortgaging property in a foreign country, it may be convenient for you to give a Power of Attorney to a person in that country, usually a lawyer, to deal with the transaction on your behalf. This will save you having to travel abroad to attend to formalities, and may help to smooth out any problems affecting the transaction generally. In most cases, you will be required to sign the Power of Attorney in front of a Notary Public.

The Power of Attorney will usually be drawn up by the foreign lawyer to whom authority is to be given. This is because an South-African Notary Public cannot be expected to have a knowledge of different foreign languages or to be familiar with the relevant formalities regarding Powers of Attorney in different countries.

You will usually receive the Power of Attorney by e-mail from the foreign lawyer, often accompanied by detailed instructions about signing it. Bring the e-mail with you to the South African Notary. This will assist the Notary Public in complying with the formalities of the particular country for which the Power of Attorney is intended. You should also ask the foreign lawyer (or the person appointed Attorney) if it is necessary to have the document authenticated or apostilled. These are different forms of official verification of signatures which the Notary Public will explain to you if necessary.

Caveat(beware): Powers of Attorney are important legal documents with potentially serious legal and financial consequences for the persons signing them. It is important, therefore, that you have competent advice as to the legal, financial and taxation implications of any intended foreign transaction and as regards the wisdom of giving a Power of Attorney to a foreign lawyer or other person whom you may never have met.

As the Notary Public is neither the draftsman of the foreign Power of Attorney nor your legal adviser, it is a matter for you to have any foreign language document, which you intend to produce, properly translated before going to the Notary.

The Notary before whom you appear will require your assurance that you understand the contents of the document.The Notary will however ensure that all other formalities regarding the execution of the Power of Attorney are complied with such as establishing identity and legal capacity, attesting your signature and providing a notarial act.

For further information and examples of power of attorney visit our website  www.powerofattorney.co.za

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311 Eastwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Why use Louwrens Koen Attorneys to legalise your documents?

Customer focused
We pay attention to our clients. We are well aware that the whole document legalisation process may become very confusing. Our dedicated team is in constant contact with our customers to ensure peace of mind, with updates provided throughout the process. Do you want to know more about what our clients are saying? See their testimonials.

Knowledgeable and experienced staff
We have literally assisted thousands of clients over the years with their document legalisation needs. We are one of the few attorney firms in South-Africa that specialises in apostille, notarisation, authentication and legalising of documentation for use outside the borders of South-Africa. Backed by our 100% authentication service guarantee.

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Our services are provided from our secure commercial office. As an Attorney and Notary lawfirm we understand the concept of utmost confidentiality. We process all facets of the legalisation process in-house and personally. We do not use any agents or third parties in the legalisation process. We have a very strict privacy policy.

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We understand the legalisation process can be confusing and stressful. We strive to be a process friendly company, clarifying and streamlining the process for you. This ensures that your document meets the requirements and is processed on time and within budget. If unsure ask and ask. We will take time to take you through the process.

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As a leader in our industry we are committed to excellence. This has led us to become recognised the preferred legalisation agents at many of the embassies. Our team includes professionals with the highest of certifications giving you the expertise required.

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Being a long established provider of our specialised service in South-Africa shows our commitment to our clients. We believe this commitment has resulted in our longevity and success

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Louwrens Koen Attorneys
311 Eastwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Tel: : 087 001 0733
Cell: 084 316 3765
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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