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Do I need a Power of Attorney to sell a UK property

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Do I need a Power of Attorney to sell a UK property belonging to my son, who lives outside thE UK?
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: The property is sold. I have employed a solicitor who has informed me that I need a Power of Attorney, not a Letter of Authority, which my son has provided. I have sold property for my son previously without a Power of Attorney.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: See previous answer.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Nothing else.

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Thank you for the question.  The simple answer is yes, you will require a property and financial PoA if you wish to sell a property for someone who is living abroad.  Even if you have previously been able to do so with a letter of authority, most selling agents (and certainly solicitors) require a Power of Attorney as it is the recognised passing of legal power. If you do not have one then the solicitor you are using (or any other solicitor) will be able to obtain one for you quite easily.

I shall provide you with a helpful link that will assist you in finding a solicitor/representative near your local area.  This will provide you with someone nearby your area who can assist you if required.

I hope this information proved helpful.  You will find a local solicitor who deals with these matters on the law society webpage which is as follows;

https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/ (England)

https://www.lawscot.org.uk/find-a-solicitor/ (Scotland)

https://www.lawsociety.ie/Find-a-Solicitor/Solicitor-Firm-Search/ (Ireland)

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you for your help. Regards

You are welcome and I wish you all the best.

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