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Power of Attorney

The person who gives power of attorney 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.

Required information for the person giving the power of attorney
First name, last name, father's and mother's first name,) place and date of birth, Greek Police Identification Number (and date and place of issuance) or valid Greek or Australian Passport Number (and country and date of issuance and expiry date), place of residence, Greek Taxation Number (if applicable).
Required information for the person to whom the power of attorney is being given (proxy/assignee)
First name, last name, father's and mother's first name,) place and date of birth, Greek Police Identification Number (and date and place of issuance) or valid Greek or Australian Passport Number (and country and date of issuance and expiry date), place of residence, Greek Taxation Number (if applicable).
If the power of attorney is for a specific use, the appropriate draft text from a notary public or a lawyer in Greece should be submitted to the Consulate in electronic format (on CD or flash drive) or sent by e-mail.
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 expenses. The interpreter will interpret the document for the benefit of the person giving the power of attorney and will sign it.  There is a list of accredited translators/interpreters in every State or Territory of Australia (please visit the web site www.naati.com.au ).
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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Α. Application (to be signed at the competent Consular Authority)

B. Greek Police Identification Card* or valid Greek or Australian passport for the person giving the power of attorney. If there is no Greek identification card, a birth certificate must be presented in order to check the data not mentioned in the passport.
C. Copy of valid passport or identification card for the assignee. If not provided, the particulars of the assignee will be mentioned under the responsibility of the person giving the power of attorney.
D. Draft power of attorney drawn up by an attorney or a notary public in Greece in electronic format (CD, flash drive) or sent by e-mail (word document).
* if it is not recent, the consular officer may refuse to draft the power of attorney, in case there is minimum doubt about the identity of the person.
FEES
The cost of the power of attorney corresponds to the equivalent of 50 Euros per two pages (for the original document) and to the equivalent of 10 Euros per two pages (for the certified copy) in Australian dollars. The consular rate is readjusted on a monthly basis.
AREA JURISDICTION
In order to request a power of attorney you need to contact the nearest to your permanent residence Greek Consular Authority in Australia.

If you reside in the State of Victoria, please open the following link which includes the application form which should be filled and sent by post to the General Consulate of Greece in Melbourne.

Application form

Last Updated Tuesday, 28 April 2015
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