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This section contains information on powers of attorney for use in Scotland only. Click on the links below to find out how to create a power of attorney in Scotland.

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a formal document in which a person gives authority to another to act on their behalf. For a power of attorney to be valid, it must be signed as a deed and witnessed by an independent witness. You can appoint as many people to act as your attorney as you like. In addition, you can name substitutes to act for your nominated attorneys if they can't take up their responsibilities.

Types of powers of attorney

This section contains information on the different types of power of attorney that you can create for use in Scotland. There are articles on the General power of attorney, the Continuing power of attorney, the Welfare power of attorney and the Continuing and welfare power of attorney.

If you are unsure which power of attorney is correct for you, you can read our article on Choosing a power of attorney.

Other jurisdictions

If you need to create a power of attorney in England & Wales or Northern Ireland, read our articles on those topics.

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