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PROCEDURE  FOR ATTESTATION OF POWER OF ATTORNEY  AND WILL

 

All applications to be submitted at the nearest BLS centers. Please see https://www.blsindia-canada.com/ for more info.

 

 

  1. POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA)

Applicants living in GTA: You are required to come in-person to the nearest BLS center.  Any application received by post will not be entertained.

 

Other applicants living in the Consular jurisdiction of this Consulate: You may send the application by post to the nearest BLS center. If the forms are not provided in duplicate, they will not be processed. 

Attestation of POA for Indian Nationals

Indian Nationals are not required to authenticate POA from Service Ontario for Ontario Province and designated provincial authorities for other provinces.

Attestation of POA for Canadian Nationals

Consular Officer on behalf of the Consulate performs the notarial act of certifying the due execution in his presence of a deed, contract or other documents including Power of Attorney (POA) and Will. The Consular officer only verifies the signature and seal of the applicant/authorities (for example Ministry of Government and Consumer Services | Ontario.ca), in respect of residents in Ontario province) appearing on such documents. 

The executor can give POA to his/her family members, relatives, friends to perform a particular action on his/her behalf in India. The names, contact address, telephone numbers and signatures of two witnesses known to the executor may be provided in the POA, However, for attestation purposes, witnesses’ presence or Photo ID cards are not required at the Consulate. A Power of Attorney can also be issued by joint applicants for which only one POA should be prepared on which both applicants will put their signatures and should be present in person at the Consulate after the application has benn processed at the BLS center. The charges for attestation in such a case will be the same as that of an individual POA. Only one Miscellaneous Application Form is to be filled in such cases.

POA document can be prepared with the help of any lawyer/legal expert on a plain paper by both the Canadian Nationals and Indian citizens residing in Canada.

Before submitting it at the BLS center, the POA is mandatorily required to be notirzed from a public notary and then authenticated from Ministry of Government and Consumer Services- Service Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto) for applicants residing in Ontario province. Applicants residing in other provinces may kindly get the pre-authentication from the designated consular offices in those provinces. 

 

Note:For those living outside GTA area, following Service Ontario satellite offices will be providing ONLY in-person authentication service effective July 4, 2023:

  1. Windsor: Windsor City Hall- 205-400 City Hall Square East, Windsor, Ontario N9A 7K6
  2. Thunder Bay: 113-435 James St South, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6T1
  3. Sault Ste. Marie: 101- 420 Queen St East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1Z7
  4. Ottawa: 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Since the Consulate recognizes the seal & signature of the Consular authorities of Canada, it is mandatory on the part of Consulate to sign and put the seal on the front page. However, if the applicant desires to have additional signature and stamp on the last page or any other page as the case may be, where the applicant has put his/her signature on the POA, there will be additional charge per seal & signature of the Consulate.

 

Requirements:

  • Duly filled in Miscellaneous application form (Click here) along with a photograph pasted on it/Form for joint POA;
  • Attach original and photocopy of POA authenticated by Canadian authorities as detailed above;
  • Attach copy of passport (first and last page);
  • Attach copy of valid PR card/Work or Study permit/ Visitor visa (for Indian nationals)
  • Attach proof of address in Canada (Canadian driving license, Gas, Electricity or landline telephone bill displaying applicant's address and House lease agreement.
  • In case the application has been sent by post (postal option is available only for residents living outside of GTA), attach a self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of serviced documents.
  • One extra photocopy of all documents should be submitted at the counter.

 

 

For Power of Attorney regarding property matters: Please Note that fee is for one seal & signature of the Consulate, if applicant needs seal & signature on more pages fee applicable will be fee x number of pages.  Please specify pages in case more than one page is to be attested.

 

  1. Will

All applications to be submitted at the nearest BLS centers. Please see https://www.blsindia-canada.com/ for more info. Following this you are required to come in-person along with two witnesses to the Consulate (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4). Any application received by post will not be entertained.

 

  • Attestation of Will for Canadian Nationals: Will should be first notarized and authenticated by the Ministry of Government Services, Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto, M7A 0B6) or the concerned Provincial authorities before submitting it to the Consulate for attestation. The consulate will attest the seal and signature of the concerned Provincial authorities on the page attached by authorities with the Will and other pages, if so required by the applicant and accordingly the fee will be charged.
  • Attestation of Will for Indian Nationals: In such cases, authentication from Service Ontario is not required. However, the applicant and at least 2 witnesses have to sign the Will document in front of Consular Officer.

Applicants residing in other provinces under the consular jurisdiction of this Consulate may kindly get the will pre-authenticated from the designated consular offices in those provinces. The applicant must ensure that name, address and signature on the last page of Will are obtained before submitting at the Consulate for execution of Will. Photo IDs and address proof of the witnesses are also required to be submitted.

Requirements:

  • Presence of applicant along with presence of two witnesses in person at the consulate is required for the execution of "Will"Also, the applicant and witnesses have to sign the "Will" in front of consular officer. Applicant must ensure that name, address and signatures of at least two witnesses on the last page of the Will.
  • Duly filled in Misc. application form (Click here) along with a photograph pasted on it;
  • Attach original and photocopy of the Will which needs to be attested;
  • Attach copy of  passport(first and last page) of the applicant
  • Attach copy of valid PR card/Work or Study permit/ Visitor visa (for Indian nationals)
  • Attach proof of address of applicant in Canada (Canadian driving licence, Gas, Electricity or landline telephone bill displaying applicant's address and House lease agreement.
  • Attach photo ID and proof of address of witnesses in Canada (Canadian driving licence, Gas, Electricity or landline telephone bill displaying applicant's address and House lease agreement.
  • Attach a self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of serviced documents, if applicable

Please Note: If the Will is not registered before the death of the deceased, who has made the Will, it needs to be executed (Probate - A judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate) by the Court Order from the Court of Ontario and thereafter get the order notarized from Service Ontario (222 Jarvis Street) and the Consulate General of India, Toronto.

 

Since the Consulate recognizes the seal & signature of the Consular authorities of Canada, it is mandatory on the part of Consulate to sign and put the seal on the front page. However, if the applicant desires to have additional signature and stamp on the last page or any other page as the case may be, where the applicant has put his/her signature on the POA, there will be additional charge per seal & signature of the Consulate.

Processing Time: 5-7 working days (excluding postal delays), provided documents are in order.

 

 

HOME VISITS:

 

Presence of the person signing Will/POA in front of a Consulate official is mandatory. In case the applicant can not come to the Consulate due to medical reasons, an official of the Consulate can visit the person at residence.

Should you wish to utilize this option the requirements are as follows:

 

1. A person on behalf of the applicant will need to bring in all the documents to the Consulate for a pre check. This is a walk-in service and you can come any on working day between 0900-1000 hrs.

2. Once docs are in order an appointment on a suitable date and time will be granted wherein an officer will accompany the person to the residence for verification purposes.

3. Applicant will have to arrange for the conveyance of the officer from Consulate to your residence and vice versa (eg. taxi/cab).

4. In case of will, presence of witnesses is also required at the home address.

 

 

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