Germany – Signing a Vollmacht

Appointing an attorney (vollmachtnehmer) in Germany with a power of attorney (vollmacht)

GermanyDealing with your legal matters in Germany while you’re in Australia can be troublesome and a hassle. There are several options other than travelling to Germany to deal with your legal matters yourself, and one of those options is to appoint someone in Germany to represent you or act on your behalf in Germany.

In Australia, we generally refer to this as appointing an attorney under a Power of Attorney, but in Germany the equivalent is appointing a vollmachtnehmer with the Vollmacht.

What’s the process for signing the vollmacht for Germany?

From time to time we are asked to witness and notarise the vollmacht for clients with person, property or business dealings in Germany. The process can be broken into two parts:

  1. We witness and notarise the vollmacht; and
  2. We arrange for the vollmacht to be stamped with an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

If you do not follow this procedure and you do not stamp the vollmacht with the apostille, it may not be recognised in Germany, which means you would need to have it re-signed, witnessed, notarised, and then stamped with an apostille properly. It is important to get the right advice and follow the right procedure to avoid any unnecessary delay or cost.

Signing, witnessing and notarising the vollmacht

If you live in Australia and you are signing the vollmacht for Germany, the vollmacht must be notarised. This means:

  • You must personally appear before the notary public.
  • You must be able to prove your identity (ie, by producing your passport or other valid photo identification document).
  • The notary must be able to verify your identity according to  your identification documents.
  • You must sign the vollmacht in front of the notary.
  • The notary must witness you sign the vollmact in their presence.
  • The notary then notarises the vollmacht by signing and placing their notary seal.

How do I write a vollmacht?

Occasionally clients also ask us for a form or a template for a vollmacht that they can use in Germany. In all cases, we encourage our clients to make enquiries with a lawyer in Germany or with their intended vollmachtnehmer to confirm what kind of document is required. They also confirm the process that they must follow (ie, apostille) in order for that vollmacht to be valid in Germany.

If you are still unsure of what is required, here is an example that some of our clients have used before:


Von Vollmachtgeber/in (Name, Geb. Datum/Ort, Anschrift)

an Vollmachtnehmer/in (Name, Geb. Datum/Ort, Anschrift).

Hiermit wird der/die eingetragene Vollmachtnehmer/in und Vertrauensperson bevollmächtigt, mich in allen Angelegenheiten zu vertreten die im Folgenden von mir als Vollmachtgeber/in angegeben sind. Die Vollmacht wird ausgestellt um eine gerichtlich angeordnete Betreuung zu vermeiden und bleibt damit auch gültig, wenn ich als Vollmachtgeber/in nach der Erstellung geschäftsunfähig geworden sein sollte.

Die Vorsorgevollmacht ist gültig so lange die bevollmächtigte Person, die Urkunde besitzt und diese bei stellvertretenden Aufgaben auch im original vorlegt.

Ort, Datum (Unterschrift des Vollmachtgebers)

Bevollmächtigungen im Einzelnen

  • Gesundheitssorge und Pflegebedürftigkeit
  • Aufenthalt und Wohnungsangelegenheiten
  • Behörden- und Gerichtsangelegenheiten
  • Vermögensangelegenheiten (Vordrucke der Banken mit einbinden!)
  • Post und Fernmeldeverkehr
  • Untervollmachten
  • Betreuungsverfügung (Trotz einer Vollmacht kann ein Gericht eine gerichtliche Betreuung verfügen. In diesem Abschnitt kann man dann quasi einen „Antrag“ hinterlassen, dass der Bevollmächtigte als „Betreuungsperson“ eingesetzt wird.) Bsp. Sollte trotz der vorliegenden Vollmacht eine rechtliche Betreuung notwendig sein, bitte ich darum die/den eingetragenen Vollmachtnehmer als Betreuungsperson zu bestellen.
  • Sonstige Regelungen

Datum, Ort

Unterschrift (Vollmachtgeber)

Unterschrift (Vollmachtnehmer)

This template for the power of attorney or vollmacht is intended for a general purpose and only provided for your information as an example of what is commonly used in Germany. We do not guarantee that these documents are either relevant or suitable to your specific situation and we encourage you to ask a lawyer in Germany or your vollmachtnehmer for advice.

Diese Vorlage für die Vollmacht oder Vollmacht ist für einen allgemeinen Zweck bestimmt und nur als Beispiel dafür bereitgestellt, was in Deutschland üblich ist. Wir garantieren nicht, dass diese Dokumente für Ihre spezielle Situation relevant oder geeignet sind und wir empfehlen Ihnen, einen Anwalt in Deutschland oder Ihren Vollmachtnehmer um Rat zu fragen.

Apostille for the vollmacht

As Australia and Germany as both members of the Apostille Convention, if you sign a vollmacht in Australia it must also be stamped with an apostille before it can be used in Germany. The apostille is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) after your vollmacht has been notarised. We also help clients with obtaining an apostille from DFAT on any vollmacht that we notarise.

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Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

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Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

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