The Process of Issuing and Certifying a Power of Attorney in Ukraine


In legal, financial, or medical affairs, a power of attorney (POA) is an essential document when you cannot manage your matters personally. In Ukraine, drafting and certifying a POA involves specific procedures to ensure its validity and acceptance. This guide details how to issue and certify a power of attorney, highlighting the services provided by Disputes Law Firm.


Drafting the Document


At Disputes Law Firm, we specialize in drafting powers of attorney tailored to our clients' specific needs, ensuring compliance with Ukrainian law. Our legal experts understand the nuances of creating a robust POA that aligns with your requirements and legal standards.


Notarization Process


The notarization of a POA is a crucial step to ensure its legal validity. Here’s the detailed procedure:



  • Presentation: The principal must appear in person before a notary to sign the POA.


  • Identity Verification: The notary confirms the identity of the principal through official documents.


  • Willingness and Understanding: The notary ensures that the principal understands the contents of the POA and is signing it voluntarily without any duress.


  • Document Sealing: The notary officially seals and records the POA, making it a legally binding document.



Apostille and International Use


If the POA is to be used internationally, it may need to be apostilled to be recognized in countries that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. An Apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature and seal of the notary, making the document recognized in all participating countries.


Non-Apostille Countries: If the POA is to be used in a country not part of the Hague Convention, it generally needs to undergo a more rigorous legalization process through the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then the relevant foreign embassy or consulate.


Shipping of the Original Document


For clients not residing in Ukraine, Disputes Law Firm facilitates the shipping of the original notarized and, if necessary, apostilled POA directly to Ukraine or any other specified destination. We ensure that all documents are handled securely and reach their destination promptly.


Acting on Behalf of Clients


Disputes Law Firm can act on behalf of clients based on the Attorney-Client Agreement in various legal arenas such as court proceedings, legal requests, subpoenas, and obtaining duplicates of vital records such as birth, death, and marriage certificates. This agreement does not require notarization or an Apostille. The only requirement is for the original document to be sent to our office address in Kyiv, Ukraine.


Revoking a Power of Attorney


A POA can be revoked at any time by the principal as long as they are mentally competent. This revocation should be in writing and ideally notarized to ensure clear legal standing. It is crucial to inform all relevant parties who were previously relying on the POA about its revocation.




Issuing and certifying a power of attorney in Ukraine requires understanding the legalities and proper execution. By engaging with Disputes Law Firm, clients can ensure their interests are protected and their intentions are fulfilled accurately. For specific legal needs or questions, consulting with our professional team experienced in Ukrainian law is highly advisable.