Ministère de la Justice
A power of attorney is a contract by which one person (mandator) designates another person (mandatary) to represent him or her and act on his or her behalf in legal transactions.
The contract authorizes the person who accepts the power of attorney (mandatary) to perform everyday administrative tasks, such as paying bills, on behalf of the person who requested the power of attorney (mandator). The contract may also authorize more important transactions, such as signing a lease for a dwelling or selling a house or a car.
A power of attorney is granted to persons who are capable of administering their property and their person themselves. It may be granted to a close relative or a professional.
The power of attorney may be given orally or in writing and may consist of a private written document or a more complex document drawn up with the help of a legal advisor. Normally, the following information should appear in the document:
The authorization or power of attorney will take effect on the date of signature or upon acceptance of the mandatary.
Power of attorney ends when one of the following situations occurs:
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