Completing the General Power of Attorney for India

India General Power of Attorney

A Guide to using the General Power of Attorney for India

In previous posts, we have provided templates for the General Power of Attorney used in India. These templates are based on forms commonly used by our clients with various dealings in India and should only be relied upon or used as a guide. You should still seek advice from your lawyer in India before using them.

The form suggested by these templates may vary from the form used in India. In India, the General Power of Attorney is commonly printed on foolscap paper bearing a bond or seal with duty payable (bonded paper). In Australia, the bonded paper is not readily available and A4 is the widely accepted paper size, not foolscap. Accordingly, the form suggested by these templates should only be used in the context of non-resident Indians or people who reside in Australia but need to send their General Power of Attorney to India.

Completing the templates for the General Power of Attorney for India

The templates contained on this website are incomplete. If you download the WORD versions (see here), the template will prompt you to fill in the key details of the executant's name and address (ie, the person who is giving the power), as well as the attorney's name and address (ie, the person who is receiving the power), as well as the attorney's father's name. If you do not fill in these details while editing the WORD versions, the template will be left with blank spaces for you to complete before signing the General Power of Attorney.

Filling in all the details, whether on the computer or by hand, is important as the information required determine who is giving the power and who is receiving the power. If at any time you feel that the power granted by the General Power of Attorney is too wide, or not wide enough, then you should make your own changes to the document to properly reflect your wishes. However, you should check the proposed changes with your attorney and/or your lawyer in India to ensure that it is legally valid according to their laws as well as practically possible to fulfill.

If you provide powers that are too wide, you may be exposing yourself to too much risk in terms of an 'abuse of power' by your attorney, but if you make the powers too narrow you can potentially restrict and limit your attorney in being able to complete the tasks that you require them to complete on your behalf. Again, when in doubt, check with your lawyer in India before making the changes.

Another example of a basic General Power of Attorney for India can be found here.


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Ern Phang
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Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public, including the kinds of problems and solutions that his clients face when sending documents to India.

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