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Power of attorney is a way of giving someone you trust, your attorney, the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf. You can give a power of attorney to any adult with full mental capacity.
This is very useful at different stages of life, especially to resolve bureaucratic procedures when you are away or partially incapacitated.
How can I arrange a power of attorney?
To arrange a power of attorney, you visit a notary’s office, show your NIE (identification number in Spain) and pay an administrative fee (the Poder de pleitos or poder general). The cost is usually between 25 and 50 euros. You can cancel a power of attorney at any notary office in Spain.
How does it work?
The notary will advise you on the appropriate power of attorney for the situation you want it to cover. For example, you can give a one off power of attorney to someone to manage the sale of a property you have in Spain, or you can give a general power of attorney to your representative to manage a range of legal processes and decisions on your behalf. You cannot usually give a power of attorney to another person to make a will on your behalf except in very limited circumstances.
Types of power of attorney in Spain
There are different types of power of attorney to cover different circumstances:
General power (Poder general): you authorise your representative to act on your behalf in various legal and practical situations. The most common are:
Power for lawsuits (Poder para pleitos): this is the most popular in Spain. You are allowing your representative to go to court on your behalf.
Power to manage assets (Poder para administrar bienes): the representative will be able to manage your assets such as money, inheritance and things you own (but not mortgages and the sale or purchase of property).
General power (Poder general): a wider power to manage your affairs including the sale of property.
Special powers (Poderes especiales): to manage a specified one off activity, such as buying or selling goods, making a bank transfer or accepting an inheritance.
Power of attorney abroad
A Spanish power of attorney can be recognised in other countries. It will need to be certified by an additional process called an apostille which is also done by a notary. The Hague apostille is recognised in most countries.