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Yes, if you have a legal power of attorney then you have the power to bind your father to contracts in the same way as if he had signed himself.
So, if you sign the contract with the estate agent then it will be binding as against your father so that the agent will be able to sue your father for any breaches that occur (eg. Non payment of fees under the contract). It will be a valid and legally binding contract essentially.
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My apologies. If you do not have power of attorney then you cannot bind your father to any contracts, so it's not likely they would be able to sue your father.
However, they would be able to sue you if you sign the contract, so really you need a power of attorney. You will need this anyway in order to actually sell and transfer he flat upon completion of the sale so if your father is minded to give you a power of attorney then you may consider proceeding to arrange this now.
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It would be a contract claim. There will be a written contract. If you sign the written contract then it is binding on you even though you do not own the property. In fact, if you misrepresent that you own the property when you don't then not only would they be able to sue you for not paying the required fees under the contract, they may also have a separate claim against you for misrepresentation which can trigger further claims for damages.
Not really, I'm afraid. If you sign the contract then it would be binding on you in terms of the fees and obligations under the contract. Tom
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