The person giving the Power of Attorney (the Donor), must be legally capable of doing so; i.e. they must be of sound mind and of legal age (over 18 years old).
For people having serious health problems that can affect their mental capacity (i.e. dementia), the competent Consular Officer will consider the circumstances and then decide accordingly. Those who wish to give Power of Attorney must do so in person, before the Consular Officer, providing at the same time documents which establish beyond any doubt their identity.
If the Power of Attorney is for a specific use, it is highly recommended that you obtain a “Draft – Power of Attorney Document” from your Lawyer or Notary in Greece and submit by email to the Consulate in Word format. The Consulate will then prepare the document from the Draft for you to sign.
Required Information for the Person (Donor) giving the Power of Attorney: –
- First Name(s)
- Father’s and Mother’s Names
- Birth Certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages or from the relevant Municipality in Greece where your birth is registered.
- Deed Poll document if there has been an official change to your name/surname
- Place and Date of Birth
- Valid Greek or Australian Passport
- Police issued Greek Identification Card
- Greek Tax File Number & Registered Tax Office (if applicable)
- Residential Address in Australia
Required Information for the Person (Proxy) to whom the Power of Attorney is being given:-
- Surname (as it appears on their Passport or Greek I.D. Card)
- Name(s) (as it appears on their Passport or Greek I.D. Card)
- Father’s and Mother’s Names
- Greek Tax File Number & Registered Tax Office
- Residential Address
- Greek I.D. Card Number, Date of Issue and name of Issuing Police Station or Passport Number and Date of Issue. (it is recommended that the Proxy scans and emails a copy of their Greek I.D. Card – front & back or the photo page of their passport)
If the person who signs the power of attorney does not know Greek at all, then an interpreter is required. The interpreter must enjoy the full confidence of the person giving the Power of Attorney and will be hired at his/her own expense. The interpreter will interpret the document for the benefit of the person giving the Power of Attorney and will sign it.
For those who do not read or write Greek (even though they may speak and understand Greek) the presence of two witnesses is required. These witnesses should not be related to the person who signs the Power of Attorney or to each other; they must be able to read, write and speak Greek, and should have with them either a passport (Greek or Australian), or a Greek Identification Card. The witnesses will make sure that the person giving power of attorney understands what is stated in the document and sign the document themselves.
The cost, in Australian Dollars, of the Power of Attorney document corresponds to the equivalent of €60 per page (front and back), this includes the issue of a certified copy, which you will send to your Proxy, from the original document signed, which always remains in the Consulate.