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 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.

From time to time we are asked to witness and notarise the vollmacht for clients with business or property 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.

Occasionally clients also ask us for copies of a vollmacht that they can use, however 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 and the process that it must follow in order 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.

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Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a public notary. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a public notary and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

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