One of the greatest hurdles of this pandemic has been the limitations placed on international travel. Travel outside of Canada has been challenging, and this difficulty applies to travel to Israel as well. This has caused a great deal of concern for many. For one thing, those with businesses or legal/financial matters in Israel have found it difficult to carry on their duties from afar. But what do you do for matters that cannot wait for your presence there? One optimal solution may be to sign an Israel Power of Attorney.
A Power of Attorney (POA) during these difficult times can be a game changing tool. Through a POA, you can assign a trusted and capable adult over the age of 18 to carry on legal matters regarding your finances or property in Israel. Acting on your best interest, this “attorney” would be able to make decisions on your behalf, sign legal documents, and perform other tasks as you prescribe. So now that you’ve decided to authorize an individual as your attorney, what do you do next?
Step 1: Draft the Israel Power of Attorney
Since this is a legally binding document offering significant control to another person on your personal matters or property, it’s important to draft this document carefully. You may wish to consult a legal professional and have them draft out your POA. Alternatively, there are pre-made forms that you can fill out for the type of POA of relevance to you. These forms are readily available on different websites and platforms online.
Step 2: Notarization and Witnessed Signing
Because of the sensitive nature of an Israel Power of Attorney, it is important that other people are witness to you granting power to your attorney. For this reason, you will need to sign your document (also known as “swearing it”) in the presence of two witnesses and a notary public. Usually this step would happen in a notary public’s office, however, due to the pandemic, many of these institutions are providing this service via video conference calls online. Check your province for available services that will allow you to do this. Otherwise, see if you can safely visit a local legal advisory or notary public to complete the witnessed signing.
Keep in mind, your witnesses must not be a spouse, child, or anyone you consider as a child. They must be over the age of 18 and must be capable of understanding the gravity of the document.
Step 3: Contact Legalization Service Centre for Authentication and Legalization
Since your Power of Attorney will be used in Israel, it is necessary to have the document authenticated and legalized. Otherwise, your POA will not be valid in Israel. While you may complete these processes on your own, this approach can prove to be time and money-consuming. For one thing, authentication happens at Global Affairs Canada, whose office is located in Ottawa. From the time of submission, it may take up to 20 days for GAC to review and authenticate your document. Alternatively, when we process and submit to them, your documents can be authenticated within one business day. Since we are an established service provider and have been in practice for many years, our networks within GAC allow us to bypass the wait-time. Moreover, forms submitted by us are skillfully reviewed to omit errors and omissions which could otherwise make your process longer and more expensive.
At Legalization Service Centre, our agents also keep track of changes and requirement updates at individual embassies. This means that we always have the most current and accurate information regarding the Israel embassy’s legalization process for POAs.
Step 4: Send your Israel Power of Attorney to its Final Destination
Once your document has been properly prepared, authenticated, and legalized, it is now ready to be sent to your chosen attorney so they may act on your behalf! When you choose Legalization Service Centre to complete your document authentication and legalization, we ensure that your final document reaches safely to its destination. All you do is provide the correct address for delivery.
At Legalization Service Centre, we understand the challenges faced by all Canadians during these testing times. We know how frustrating it must be to not be able to be present in Israel for important work. While many of these challenges are beyond our scope, we do hope to help where we can. Call us today with any questions you may have, even if you aren’t quite ready to start the process yet. We are happy to chat and are always at your attestation service!
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