FAQ’s on Power of Attorney

Frequently Asked Questions
Power of Attorney
-      By Adv. R. P. Rathod.

There are two kinds of Power of Attorney.
1.           General Power of Attorney (GPA)
2.           Special Power of Attorney (SPA)
a.          General Power of Attorney is executed by a person in favour of another to act on behalf of him generally. It may include management of property, Court matter/ litigations, sale of mortgage of property or any other act.
b.          Special Power of Attorney is executed to do a particular act. Power of Attorney holder is answerable to the principal and liable to give accounts to him.

No. It is wrong to say that ownership is transferred by getting General Power of Attorney. Persons purchasing property must get the sale deed registered. This principle applies to other kinds of transactions also.

A person who has attained majority may execute power of attorney in favour of another person who has attained majority including family members like brother, sister, father and mother to act on his behalf. If a power of attorney is executed to sell property in favour of relatives other than those mentioned above, 2 percent stamp duty   shall be paid on market value of such property.
If a power of attorney is executed in favour of developers, Builders of apartment, Stamp duty shall be paid on market value of such property.

a.    GPA automatically gets cancelled on the death of Executant.
b.     Principal (Executant) may cancel it any time.

If the Power of attorney is executed for consideration in respect of property it cannot be unilaterally revoked, prejudicial to the interest of the agent (See Sec.202 of Indian Contract Act, 1872).

a.         Power of Attorney executed by a person in favour of another to act on his behalf for specific purpose is called Special Power of Attorney.
b.        If a person is unable to go over to registry office to present a document executed in his favour or to admit execution of document executed (signed) by him, such power of attorney shall be authenticated or attested by a Sub Registrar. Otherwise they are not acceptable for the purpose of registration.

They need not be registered. But General Power of Attorney containing authority to present or admit execution of a document executed by the principle is not acceptable for such presentation or admission of execution unless they are attested or authenticated by a Sub Registrar.

It is not necessary to register. But Stamp duty as per Article 41 shall be paid within 3 months from the date of receipt of the power of attorney in India.

Not necessary

-      Adv. R. P. Rathod.