What you need to know

You will need to arrange for your power of attorney (PoA) to be drafted. We do not provide a template PoA, however most solicitors should be able to assist you to draft a PoA and provide legal advice on this matter. A solicitor will charge a fee for this service and prices may vary. Alternatively, other companies and stationery shops sell PoA packs.

Please note that we do not offer a pre-registration checking service as we check all PoAs when they’re submitted at the point of registration.

This website will provide some useful information on making a PoA. Here is a summary of what’s involved to get you started. You might also find our top tips leaflet helpful too.

If your’e thinking about making a PoA

  • Ask your solciitor for legal advice
  • Decide who you want as your attorney
  • Decide what powers to give your attorney
  • Arrange for your PoA document to be drafted
  • Sign your PoA document in the presence of one of the following; a solictor registered to practice law in Scotland, or a practising member of the Faculty of Advocates or a registered UK medical doctor who holds a licence to practise.

Submitting your PoA for registration

  • Send all the necessary documentation and fee to us either online via the EPOAR facility or by post
  • We will register your PoA if it is legally valid. If we can’t register the PoA we will return this to you.

After registration

  • We will send a certificate of registration and copy of the PoA to the person who submitted the PoA to us.
  • You must tell us if you move address, change your name or wish to change or cancel the PoA.