Being far from home is never easy especially if you are working abroad. Not only does it create a long distance relationship between you and your loved ones, but also, it affects some legal aspects of your life such as when you need to obtain or sign pertinent documents in the Philippines, but you can’t because of your work in Qatar.
Good thing, the Philippine Embassy in Qatar offers services that can help you with such cases and one of these services is the notarial of acknowledgement of instruments to be used in the Philippines. One of these instruments is the Special Power of Attorney.
SPA Notarization Requirements and Procedures
A special power of attorney or SPA is a legal document which authorizes your immediate family (spouse, children, parents or grandparents) to be your representative in the Philippines to obtain or sign on documents on your behalf. It is called consularized SPA when executed and signed abroad at the Philippine Embassy.
The following are the requirements for the notarial of Special Power of Attorney:
• Personal appearance of the person signing/executing the document
• Photocopy of valid Philippine passport
• Original documents
• Fee: QR100 per document (cash payment only)
You can file for the document at the Philippine Embassy from Sundays to Thursdays from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. No appointment is required for filing. The release of the document is two working days after the payment.
While the Special Power of Attorney (SPA) allows your immediate family to sign and obtain documents on your behalf, keep in mind that it does not give your representative the authority to sell your properties and assets.
For more information and other inquiries on consular services, you may contact the Philippine Embassy Consular Section through (+974) 4493-0426 or 5527-5123 (hotline).