POWER OF ATTORNEY

Granting a Power of Attorney (in Singapore)

A frequently asked question I get is how to grant a power of attorney (or other notarial deeds) in Singapore for use in Spain – when you are not fluent in Spanish.

There are two options:

  1. Sign your document before the Consul at the Spanish Embassy; or
  2. Sign your document before a local notary public, and complete the full legalisation process.

Embassy

Signing the document at the Embassy is usually easier, but they only issue documents in Spanish and a sworn interpreter is required if you are not fluent (contact me for help!). To book the appointment, you will need to submit the following information and documents to the Embassy:

  • your personal details (full name, marital status, address, contact number),
  • a copy of your ID (D.N.I., or passport and N.I.E., if you have it),
  • the final text you wish to sign (minuta), and
  • the interpreter’s ID and credentials.
In case you are wondering, the D.N.I. is the Spanish ID for Spanish nationals (like NRIC) and the N.I.E. is the Spanish ID for foreigners (like FIN).

If your text is not bilingual, I will translate it for you in advance to ensure you are fully aware of what you are signing and seek legal advice if any clarifications or amendments are needed.

The Embassy may take a few days to grant the appointment, and you should notify them of any changes applied to the text at least 2-3 days in advance. Once at the Embassy, the full process usually takes about 45-60 minutes. They will give you an authorised copy of the official document, signed by the Consul and stamped by the Embassy. If you are granting a power of attorney (POA), this is the document you need to send to your proxy in Spain (a digital copy will be informative, but not legally valid).

This process is very similar whether you are signing a POA, a revocation, a declaration or an affidavit.

If you are granting a POA on behalf of a company as its legal representative, contact the Embassy in advance and they will confirm any additional requirements.

The Embassy’s fees are usually between S$70-100, depending on the document, and they only accept cash.

Embassy of Spain – contact details:

7 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec Tower One #39-00, Singapore 038937
E-mail: emb.singapur@maec.es
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30 to 12.00
Spanish Embassy website (POA section)

Local notary public

This process is a little more complex, but if you prefer to sign a bilingual document, this is your option. Here are the steps:

  • Contact a local notary public to book the appointment – you can see a list here.
  • Once you have signed your document before the local notary, authenticate it at the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL).
  • Have your document and the SAL authentication verified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
  • Then take everything to the Embassy so they can stamp it for you.

If you need help translating the text, let me know!

Singapore Academy of Law – contact details:

Supreme Court Building, Level 5M, Singapore 178879
E-mail: conp@sal.org.sg
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00 to 16.30 / Sat 9.00 to 12.30
Singapore Academy of Law (authentication services)

The SAL fees are S$42.80 for the normal legalisation service, or S$128.40 for the express service. They accept payments by cheque, NETS, CashCard, Mastercard or Visa.

Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs – contact details:

Consular Service Counter (1st floor), Tanglin, Singapore 248163
E-mail: mfa@mfa.gov.sg
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00 to 16.30 / Sat 9.00 to 12.30
Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (click on ‘Legalisation of Documents’)

The MFA fee is S$10 per document, payable by NETS or CashCard.

Local Notary Public – contact details:

You can find a list of notaries public here: Commissioners for Oaths & Notaries Public in Singapore (directory)

If you want to download a summary, I have prepared this handy infographic in two PDF pages:

POA Infographic

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