Mauritius – Authority to buy or sell property

Power of Attorney for Mauritius requires an apostille

MauritiusWe regularly assist clients with property transactions in Mauritius. Considering its small land size and population (relative to any other destination in the world), we seem to receive a disproportionately high number of enquiries to notarise documents for Mauritius for clients across Sydney.

In addition to notarising documents, we also assist with obtaining the apostille, which is also required for these documents to be valid in Mauritius.

Sending documents from Australia to Mauritius

If you live in Australia but intend to buy or sell property in Mauritius, it may be easier for you to authorise someone in Mauritius to act on your behalf (ie, an attorney) to avoid the logistical issues of dealing with your property from Australia. You can normally give your authority by a power of attorney.

Preferably and to ensure that it is legally valid in Mauritius, your power of attorney will have been prepared by your lawyer in Mauritius and sent to you to be signed in front of a notary public in Australia. Your lawyer may post a hard copy version of the document to you but in most cases, they would probably just email it to you to print and sign in Australia.

Importantly, as Australia and Mauritius are both signatories to the Apostille Convention, your power of attorney also requires an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to be legally valid in Mauritius. Your lawyer should be able to guide you as to the formal requirements. If you do not satisfy these requirements, your power of attorney may be useless and not achieve the intended purpose of authorising someone to act on your behalf in Mauritius. In addition to notarisation, we can also help you with obtaining the apostille from DFAT.

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, our clients include people originally from Mauritius (some have their own property or intend to buy their own property, but an increasing number have property dealings due to an inheritance) as well as intended or existing foreign investors.

While Mauritius is traditionally and best known for tourism, it has been transitioning its economy from sugar, textiles and tourism towards luxury real estate, offshore banking and medical tourism. Who knows what the future will bring for this island nation, but the increasing demand for our notary public services to notarise documents for Mauritius indicates a growing trend of financial activity and investment which we suspect will only increase in the future.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what's next?

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Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, we help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.

Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.

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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