A Power of Attorney is a legal document giving the agent or lawyer of a person the power to act on behalf of him/her. A Power of Attorney gives the agent/lawyer the right to take legal decisions relating to the matters listed in the document. These matters may include management of property, finances, business decisions, etc.
A Power of Attorney can be made in case the lawyer needs to represent the person in the court or in case the person is incapable of taking their legal decisions due to some illness or disability. A power of attorney allows the lawyer to take a decision on behalf of someone when it is signed by the grantor stating that the lawyer is authorised to take legally binding decisions in a relevant matter. There are generally 2 kinds of power of attorney- General Power of Attorney (GPA) and Special Power of Attorney (SPA).
The Power of Attorney is prepared by the lawyer and the stamp duty is paid for its execution (in case of property matters). The lawyer/notary then attests the Power of Attorney. The Power of Attorney is then registered in the office of Sub-Registrar after paying the requisite registration fee. After registration, the General Power of Attorney or Special Power of Attorney can be collected.