A power of attorney is a legal document created by a person who entrusts another person to act on their behalf. This is usually for a legal transaction, such as the buying, selling or renting of property.
The creator of the document is the donor, while the person appointed to act on the donor's behalf is the donee.
Depositing a power of attorney means registering it with the court. It will be available on public records for inspection.
The General Division of the High Court only accepts powers of attorney that are created under Section 48 of the Conveyancing and Law of Property Act.
The fees include:
The documents must fulfil these requirements to be accepted by the court:
In general, to deposit an instrument creating a power of attorney, all of the following requirements are to be complied with:
Refer to Order 26, Rule 4 of the Rules of Court 2021 for more details on filing of instruments creating powers of attorney.
In general, the execution of the power of attorney may be verified by one of the following:
Refer to Order 26, Rule 4 of the Rules of Court 2021 for more details on verification of the execution of the power of attorney.
The power of attorney should be deposited with a translation that is certified by a sworn interpreter of the court or verified by a statutory declaration of a person qualified to translate it.
You may request to inspect a power of attorney deposited in the Supreme Court to verify its validity.
Refer to the Powers of Attorney (Scale of Fees) Rules for the full list of fees.
Examples of the fees include:
Contact the Supreme Court Legal Registry for more information.
Legislation associated with this topic includes:
Refer to Paragraph 19 of the Supreme Court Practice Directions 2021.