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A power of attorney (POA) or letter of attorney is a written authorisation to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. They are very powerful documents as they allow another person to undertake your business for you.
The person or business authorising the other to act is the principal, grantor, or donor (of the power).
The one authorized to act is the agent or attorney.
In England, all powers of attorneys must be witnessed.
Some jurisdictions require that powers of attorney be notarised as well as witnessed, but others will enforce a power of attorney as long as it is signed by the grantor.
If you have been asked to get your power of attorney notarised, the requirement is usually determined by the law in force in the territory where the power of attorney is to be used or the recipient want you to appear before a Notary in the UK who will confirm that the document has been legally signed by the Grantor, that the Grantor exists (especially where it is a company), the appropriate person has signed it and that they are happy to be bound by its contents.