Netherlands – Signing the Volmacht in Australia

Appointing an attorney in the Netherlands with a Volmacht

Dealing with your legal matters in the Netherlands while you’re in Australia can be troublesome and a hassle. There are several options other than travelling to the Netherlands to deal with your legal matters yourself, and one of those options is to appoint someone in the Netherlands to represent you or act on your behalf. In Australia, we generally refer to this as appointing an attorney under a Power of Attorney, but in the Netherlands the equivalent is appointing someone under a Volmacht.

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

  1. We witness and notarise the volmacht; and
  2. We arrange for the volmacht 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 the Netherlands, 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.

Occasionally clients also ask us for copies of a volmacht that they can use, however in all cases we encourage our clients to make enquiries with a lawyer in the Netherlands or with their intended attorney to confirm what kind of document is required and the process that it must follow in order to be valid in the Netherlands.

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?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services or just call us on +61 2 9687 8885 to speak with our friendly team about your requirements.

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

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.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct at the time of publication. Only rely on information and advice specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.