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Powers of Attorney Act 1971

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3Proof of instruments creating powers of attorney

(1)The contents of an instrument creating a power of attorney may be proved by means of a copy which—

(a)is a reproduction of the original made with a photographic or other device for reproducing documents in facsimile; and

(b)contains the following certificate or certificates signed by the donor of the power or by a solicitor or stockbroker, that is to say—

(i)a certificate at the end to the effect that the copy is a true and complete copy of the original; and

(ii)if the original consists of two or more pages, a certificate at the end of each page of the copy to the effect that it is a true and complete copy of the corresponding page of the original.

(2)Where a copy of an instrument creating a power of attorney has been made which complies with subsection (1) of this section, the contents of the instrument may also be proved by means of a copy of that copy if the further copy itself complies with that subsection, taking references in it to the original as references to the copy from which the further copy is made.

(3)In this section " stockbroker " means a member of any stock exchange within the meaning of the Stock Transfer Act 1963 or the Stock Transfer Act (Northern Ireland) 1963.

(4)This section is without prejudice to section 4 of the Evidence and Powers of Attorney Act 1940 (proof of deposited instruments by office copy) and to any other method of proof authorised by law.

(5)For the avoidance of doubt, in relation to an instrument made in Scotland the references to a power of attorney in this section and in section 4 of the Evidence and Powers of Attorney Act 1940 include references to a factory and commission.

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