5 Things you Must know before using a Singapore Power of Attorney Outside of Singapore (2 mins read)
Updated: Jul 25
五个在使用新加坡授权书之前，您应该知道的事 - 2分钟阅读
With numerous travel restrictions, you may face difficulties travelling between countries. If you are physically in Singapore, can you still manage a business transactions or property abroad? Can you still submit certain documentations to the governmental bodies outside of Singapore?
The answer is YES! and this short article sets out how this can be done.
Key Point 1 – A valid Power of Attorney
要点 1 – 有效的授权书
Even though you are physically in Singapore, you can grant a power of attorney to a trusted party located in your country to facilitate the transaction there. As a power of authority gives someone authority to do something, it should be properly drafted and tailored to address your needs.
To use the Power of Attorney in your country, a power of attorney executed in Singapore must also be valid in your country even if the requirements of Singapore have been complied with.
Key Point 2 – The POA must be properly Notarized
要点2 – 授权书必须被公证
The Power of Attorney must be notarized.
Most Notary Public will require you to sign the Power of Attorney before them. A Notary Public is a senior lawyer practising in Singapore who has been approved to act as a notary public under the Notaries Public Act.
Please check that the Notary Public is properly licensed before proceeding.
Please bring and show your identification document (eg. passport).
The Notary Public will then issue you with a notarial certificate.
Key Point 3 – Authenticate, Verification and Legalizing with SINGAPORE ACADEMY OF LAW
要点 3 – 通过新加坡法律学会进行认证，验证和领事认证
Make an appointment with the Singapore Academy of Law.
You can book an appointment by visiting https://legalisation.sal.sg/ to authenticate and verify the notarized Power of Attorney.
您可以通过访问 https://legalisation.sal.sg/ 预约并认证和验证已公证的授权书。
From 20 January 2021, you can receive both the authentication certificate and legalization stamp from the Singapore Academy of Law.
Key Point 4 – Legalisation
要点 4 – 领事认证
Visit the applicable embassy to complete the legalization procedure. If the Power of Attorney is to be used in China or Hong Kong, the legalization service will be carried out by the Chinese Visa Application Service Centers (CVASC).
The legalization process can take about 2 weeks or longer, depending on the embassy and whether all the documents submitted are complete.
Key Point 5 – Be ready to wait
要点 5 – 等待
Be prepared to spend some time waiting for your turn at the Embassy. Depending on the Embassy, you will have to queue to take a queue number at the reception. For CVASC, the queue for a number could extend to outside of the building.
After that, you will have to wait for your turn to be called at the counter. If you do not have the complete documentation, the counter will reject your application and ask you to repeat the ordeal all over again until you bring the complete set of documents which are properly signed.
Documents not properly notarized may be challenged as being invalid for use, possibly leading to significant delays and being unable to enforce otherwise-clear legal rights. It could even lead to potential liability for negligence if you are getting the document notarized on behalf of someone else.
Some clients may find it less stressful to engage a lawyer to oversee the whole process on their behalf.
Prepared by Avant Law LLC
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