General Power of Attorney - Sending your notarised document to India

After notarisation

As much as most enquiries that we receive focus on how a general power of attorney for India must be notarised, unfortunately many times clients do not take the appropriate care when returning the general power of attorney to India - and the result is the document is lost!

The general power of attorney on behalf of someone living in Australia but used in India requires that power of attorney to be notarised by a notary public. That is what we do. We provide low cost fixed fee notary public services to ensure that any document that is going to be used in India will be recognised in India by other parties, banks, government departments or the courts.

In fact, many clients focus on this aspect asking whether the general power of attorney needs to be notarised, whether it should be printed on bonded paper, whether it requires 2 witnesses, or whether it needs to be counter signed by the Indian Consulate.

If it needs to be counter signed by the Indian Consulate, then the general power of attorney must be submitted to VFS which provides consular services to Indian nationals on behalf of the Indian Consulate. One of the requirements specified by VFS is that the general power of attorney must be stamped with an apostille before it can be submitted to VFS for processing.

In Australia, the apostille can only be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and DFAT will only issue an apostille on the general power of attorney if it has been notarised by a notary public. Fortunately, we assist many clients around Parramatta and across all of Sydney with notarising their general power of attorney for India.

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Ern Phang
Notary Public

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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