Granting power of attorney in Turkey

Granting power of attorney in Turkey

Unless you’re in Turkey and can speak Turkish, it’s hard to cover everything yourself when buying a property there. That’s why it’s a good idea to grant power of attorney to a solicitor to act for you, so that they can complete transactions and check on progress.

They can:

  • Help you buy, sell or rent out your property
  • Conduct bank transactions
  • Invest on your behalf
  • Look after your tax
  • Make legal claims or conduct litigation

Before you grant power of attorney, check that your solicitor is a member of the local Lawyer’s Barr Association. If not, be sure to obtain professional references.

To grant power of attorney, the person delegating the authority will need to complete the document in the presence of a notary (?lawyer?  Are they the same thing?). This does not have to be in Turkey – you can do it at your local Turkish Consulate.  However, the document must be witnessed by a notary or solicitor.  The documents must also be translated into Turkish and English.

To revoke power of attorney

You may revoke power of attorney at any time by contacting a notary or a Turkish consulate. Send a letter to your agent informing them that the document has been revoked, and request the return of all copies of this document. Contact your bank and any other institutions and let them know the document has been revoked.

Types of power of attorney in Turkey

There are two types of power of attorney in connection with buying Turkish property:

  • General power of attorney – a right to represent you legally in all matters, where your signature and approval may be needed
  • Specific power of attorney – gives a right to a third party/solicitor to represent you in a specific transaction such as purchase of real estate in Turkey.  (Generally speaking, specific power of attorney is granted when buying property in Turkey.)