The Israel General Power of Attorney
Hebrew: (Yipoy Koach)יפוי כח
A power of attorney is a document that you sign, authorizing another person – mostly your Israeli lawyer to take legal action, on your behalf. The Israeli Bar Association rules, an Israeli lawyer may not take any action on behalf of a client, without a properly authorized power of attorney (POA). There is a standard POA form and it is widely used by Israeli lawyers.
When do I need a Power of Attorney?
- You will need a POA when you require a lawyer to represent you in court, before Israeli government and public offices, municipalities and more.
- For real estate transactions. The seller signs this type of POA, thereby giving his/her lawyer to transfer the real estate rights to the buyer.
- To represent another person when handling money, bank accounts, investments, buy property, mortgage, sell etc. This is called a General Power of Attorney.
- A statutory health power of attorney form – is relevant for people, who are living in Israel, or who visit Israel and want to appoint a healthcare agent, if they are unable to make healthcare decisions. It is important to execute this through an Israeli lawyer, as the statutory form must be used.
A POA in Israel must be in Hebrew. So if you are a new immigrant ask your lawyer to explain the document to you. They will not provide a full translation (unless you pay for it) but they will give a brief explanation.
An example of a POA form in Hebrew
אני הח”מ ____________ ת.ז. ______________ ממנה בזה את מר _______
ת.ז .____________ לעשות ולפעול בשמי ובמקומי בכל הפעולות בהקשר לעניין: _______________________________________
חתימה וחותמת ________________
General Power of Attorney
I the undersigned ________________________
Hereby appoint ________________________
Identity Number ________________________
to act on my behalf on all matters concerning:
Lawyer’s name ________________________
Telephone number ________________________
Signature and official stamp ________________________
Disclaimer: Please note that this is for information purposes only and this POA example should not be used in place of an official document drawn up by a legal professional. We urge you to consult with an attorney before signing a POA.