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How to Deal with Disputes Over Power of Attorney in UAE

A POA or power of attorney is an important legal document for estate planning; however, when two agents are named in the legal document, there’s a potential for disputes between the agents. Regardless of which side is correct or which side you’re on, it’s necessary to know all of your rights and restrictions/limitations. 

A POA, as you may know very well already, allows a person in appointing another individual, referred to as the agent, in acting in his or her place. The person that is giving the authorization or power is referred to as the principal. When the principal becomes incapacitated, that is when an agent can act or perform the duties that are stated in the power of attorney in UAE. There are two kinds of power of attorney namely medical and financial. A financial power of attorney is made to allow an agent the capacity in opening bank accounts, trading stock, cashing checks, paying bills, and withdrawing funds from the bank accounts of the principal on his or her behalf. The financial POA can also provide rights to the agent in providing gifts. 

As for a medical POA in UAE, it provides an agent power in making medical-related decisions that have an impact on the principal. For this kind of POA in UAE, the agent will have to be acting ONLY in the interests of the POA principal. A power of attorney always contains an explanation of all the duties that an agent is bound by. 

When a principal name only a single agent in the power of attorney, this can cause distrust and bad feelings to other family members especially in the case of siblings. If you’re dealing with another person who has also been named as the agent under the same power of attorney in UAE or you’re the only one that was named as the POA over other family members or any other person, then keep the following in mind:

  • Right to information – a principal does not have to provide an explanation on whom he/she chooses as the agent. Additionally, an agent in any power of attorney in UAE is not required in providing information regarding a power of attorney to another individual expect concerned third parties such as the court, hospitals, and financial institutions. 
  • Giving access to the principal – an agent that is named with a power of attorney shouldn’t bar other people from seeing the principal. Medical POAs in the UAE can give agents the right in preventing other persons’ access to the principal only if the agent thinks or have reason to believe that that visit will be detrimental to the health of the principal. 
  • Cancellation of a POA – so long as the principal is competent, the power of attorney in UAE may be cancelled or revoked without any reason or at any time. The principal can put the cancellation decision in writing. This is the recommended route so there is evidence that the POA has been revoked. The agent to the revoked POA should also be informed as well as all concerned third parties. 
  • Removing an agent in a power of attorney – as soon as a principal has become incapacitated, the power of attorney in UAE that he or she has created can no longer be cancelled or revoked. When the agent that was named in the power of attorney acts improperly, the family members may file a claim or petition to the court to challenge the named agent. The court will undertake investigations and when it finds out that the agent isn’t acting in the best interests of eth principal, then the court will cancel or revoke the POA and appoint another person as the guardian of the principal. 
  • A POA becomes invalid when the principal dies – when a principal dies, an agent can no longer have the authority in managing the estate and affairs of the principal. The court will have to appoint a personal representative or executor in managing the property of the deceased principal.  

 If you are considering of power of attorney drafting in UAE and you want to prevent potential conflicts from happening, you will be glad to know that you have a lot of options. With the help of experts on POA drafting in Dubai, you will be able to name two or more persons as your agents. You may, however, have to be very careful as to how the legal document is worded as it may also cause even more problems. A great way of naming co-agents is letting the agents have separate responsibilities. You can also steer clear from having family members as the agent and naming a professional fiduciary instead. 

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Hazem Darwish

Hazem Darwish, is a Senior Partner of HHS Lawyers in UAE. Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on legal drafting, contract drafting, labor disputes, family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazem Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.