power of attorney

HOW TO GET POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA)

IMPORTANCE OF POA

The importance of POA is that it acts as an instrument which authorizes or appoint a person to legally act and administer affairs on behalf of another. The parties in a power of attorney are referred to as donor (The parties in a POA who donates the power) and a donee (The party whose power is donated to).

Another importance of POA is that it can be granted by individuals and corporations to an agent to perform functions such as instituting an action in court, managing property, signing documents, receiving rent, etc hence the need for a piece of professional advice in drafting a POA.

TYPES OF POWER OF ATTORNEY

Before we flirt into the procedure for getting a POA, it is essential to know that a POA can either be general or specific. A general POA confers legal authority on another to take an unlimited decision of all activities of the donor whereas a specific POA grants legal authority to an agent for specific matters. Hence interested parties should consider getting professional advice for obtaining POA.

PROCEDURE FOR GETTING A POA

The procedure for getting a POA is best understood by a notary public officer in Cameroon due to the legal regulations and requirements. Here is the procedure for getting a POA in Cameron that individuals and multinationals must comply strictly;

  • The POA must be in writing.
  • It must be executed
  • It must be attested
  • It must be registered

We strongly recommend that the procedure for getting a POA is vital in establishing the validity of the document in an event of it been legally challenged.

CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRING A POA

The importance of POA as an instrument of delegation naturally comes as an option to a solicitor where a client presents any or all of these problems;

  • Ill – health or some physical impairment making it difficult for the donor to handle his affair.
  • Unavailability of the donor either as a result of being physically away or being engaged in busy scheduled which makes it impossible for the donor of the power to devote time to handle a given situation.
  • Where expert skills of the donee are required as to where a donor donates to a solicitor the responsibility to put tenants in possession, collect rents, revise rent, sue for rent and evict tenant, etc making professional advice for obtaining a POA indispensable.

PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FOR OBTAINING A POWER OF ATTORNEY

Here are some professional tips to guide parties who are in the course of establishing a power of attorney in Cameroon; The maiden professional advice for obtaining a POA is that the donor must know exactly the power he wants to confer on another. Also, the POA must be drafted to reflect the true intentions of the donor and must be approached ethically.

Article by Barr. Mafany Victor Ngando

Kinsmen Advocates Law Firm

“The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstance”