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Preparing a POA - Power of Attorney - Valid in Brazil

Power of Attorney Valid in Brazil

Readers who have been in Brazil know it: Nothing in Brazil is simple. The natural beauty of Brazil is amazing and life can be extremely fulfilling in our country, but it is indisputable that you have to endure endless red tape when conducting your affairs in Brazil.

One example of such challenge is to have someone representing you in a real estate closing in Brazil. Power of attorneys must be made according to very specific steps dictated by law and regulations in Brazil. Not only that, but the interpretation of such law and regulations may also vary according to the registration office in charge of the locality where the real estate transaction is taking place. Foreigners usually downplay the challenge of getting a POA drafted and executed in accordance to such rules until they try to do it themselves.

We will describe here some of the steps necessary for a POA to be acceptable to a registration office in Brazil. We do not guarantee that by following these steps your POA will be accepted with a 100% certainty, but these steps represent what we have seen as mostly effective when preparing Power of Attorneys.

Step #1: Ask the registration office for a template

Ask the registration office in charge of the locality where the real estate is located for a template. Some registration offices will refuse to provide one at first or will ask you to "appear in person" to obtain one. Registration offices in Brazil have a hybrid nature: they are private while providing a public service. Employees in a registration offices are usually unwilling to do anything additional to the bare minimum acceptable to keep their jobs.
You will have to persist and try to obtain a template of what would be an acceptable POA to them. Although they will say that "any valid POA" will be accepted, when you use their template as a start point you will minimize the chances of having a POA not being accepted by them.

Step #2: Have the POA translated from Portuguese to English

Considering that you live in a English-spoken country, have the POA translated from Portuguese to English by a sworn translator in Brazil.
A sworn translator must be Some registration offices will refuse to provide one at first or will ask you to "appear in person" to obtain one. Registration offices in Brazil have a hybrid nature: they are private while providing a public service. Employees in a registration offices are usually unwilling to do anything additional to the bare minimum acceptable to keep their jobs.

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