Entry into force of a power of attorney
A power of attorney will enter into force only after the Digital and Population Data Services Agency has confirmed it.
Confirmation of power of attorney
You can apply for the confirmation of power of attorney if you have been appointed as donee in another person's power of attorney. The precondition for the confirmation of the power of attorney is that the person (donor) who has signed the power of attorney document has become unable to management their own affairs due to their deteriorating health. For the purpose of the confirmation, you must obtain a medical certificate or other comparable and reliable account on the donor’s health.
You can also apply for the confirmation of power of attorney if you have been appointed as the deputy donee in the power of attorney and, the actual donee for reasons related to disqualification, illness or for some other reason, is temporarily prevented from performing their duties. The actual donee can be disqualified for example if the donee, their child, or spouse or some other person who the donee represents is a party to the matter at hand. Parties include the seller and buyer, the landlord and the tenant, or the widow(er) and heirs to an estate.
You can also apply for the confirmation of power of attorney when you have been appointed secondary donee in the power of attorney document and the donee does not accept the position or steps down from it.
This is what to do
Obtain a medical certificate on the donor’s state of health for the confirmation of the power of attorney.
Complete the application for the confirmation of power of attorney.
Submit the application, the medical certificate, and the original power of attorney document to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
The processing of the matter will be faster if the application is accompanied by a statement by the donor and/or a statement by the donor's spouse. A statement by the donor is needed if he or she understands the importance of the power of attorney. In addition to the statement of the donor, a statement from the donor’s spouse is usually also needed.
Frequently asked questions about acting as a donee
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