It is a timely question since I’ll also be needing one anytime soon.
I’m not fond of dealing with legal documents but for this blog post, surprisingly, I enjoyed learning about special power of attorney (SPA) that will be used in the Philippines.
If you are not a Filipino and want to learn about SPA, still, keep on reading because you’ll discover informative facts just the same.
First things first, let’s find out what special power attorney is and when to use it.
What is Special Power of Attorney
The special power of attorney is used when you need someone to act on your behalf, regarding a specific matter, in your absence.
So for OFWs, a trusted immediate family member can act on behalf of the principal (you) for reasons enumerated on the blog post.
When to Use a Special Power Of Attorney
The following are the most common uses of a specific or special power of attorney:
- Selling or buying of real estate/real property/land
- Mortgaging or financing real estate/real property/land
- Making financial decisions
- Managing assets
- Managing a business or company
- Paying off debts
- Collection of money owed
- Signing of agreements or contracts
For Filipinos in Canada, the most common use of special power of attorney is for buying or selling property in the Philippines while in Canada.
- Original and one (1) photocopy of the special power of attorney form
- Two (2) photocopies of 2 different forms of identification wherein your photo and your name as used in your document is shown such as passport, citizenship card or driver’s license of the person(s) who will execute the document
- Fee of CAD $33.75 (cash or money order payable to the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate General Calgary/Vancouver/Toronto)
After learning a little information about SPA, I’ll show you where to get a special power of attorney sample or form in Canada even though the reader asked specifically about SPA at the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary.
How to Get an SPA
To give you an idea about the procedures, you can head on to How to Get a Special Power of Attorney in PCG Calgary. On that post, I’ve shared the process and tips.
For some quick tips, here are the important reminders you have to know in applying for an SPA:
- You can fill up an SPA form and go to the Philippine Embassy or Consulate for the notary public and authentication, which are done at the same for a single fee.
- Or you can bring or mail a notarized SPA for authentication to the Philippine Embassy or Consulate .
Remember, notary public and authentication of SPA are mandatory. My choice for a simple SPA is to do the first tip; it’s faster and cheaper. But for a complicated document you may want to seek a professional help.
Where Filipinos Can Get Special Power of Attorney in Canada
I directly linked to the Special Power of Attorney sample/form so you wouldn’t get loss on websites of Philippine Embassy and Consulates. The contact information is also provided in case you need to ask questions.
EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES, OTTAWA
Location: 30 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M4
Tel. No. (+613) 233-1121
Fax No. (+613) 233-4165
Duty Officer: (+613) 614-2846
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Website and Facebook Page in Ottawa, Ontario
DOWNLOAD the Special Power of Attorney Form
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL, CALGARY
Location: Suite 920, 517 1oth Ave. SW Calgary, Alberta T2R 0A8
(Centre 10 Building, corner of 4th and 5th Street)
Tel. No. (403) 455-9343, (403) 455-9457, (403) 455-9483, (403) 455-9346
After work phone: (587) 577-1524
Office hours: 9am to 4pm
Website and Facebook Page (unofficial) of the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary, Alberta
Notes about Consular Services (SPA etc) on PCG Calgary
DOWNLOAD the Special Power of Attorney Form
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL, TORONTO
Location: 7th Floor, 160 Eglinton Ave. East Toronto, Ontario, M4P 3B5
Tel. No. (416) 922-7181
Fax No. (416) 922.2638
Website and Facebook Page of the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, Ontario
DOWNLOAD the Special Power of Attorney Form (8 types)
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL, VANCOUVER
Location: Suite 660, 999 Canada Place Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 3E1
Tel. No. (604) 685-1619/(604) 685-7645
Urgent Call: (604) 653-5858
Fax No. (604) 685-9945
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Website and Facebook Page (unofficial) of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, British Columbia
DOWNLOAD the Special Power of Attorney Form (3 types under Notarials & Affidavit)
These are what I found online. Out of the four places, I’ll likely get SPA at the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary
So if you know other Philippine Consulate Generals in Canada providing special power of attorney form or sample, can you leave a comment.
The length and content of the special power of attorney samples have some differences so choose the best that suit your needs, especially on the websites of the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto (with 8 SPAs) and Vancouver (with 3 SPAs).
Other Free Special Power of Attorney Samples
I also found other SPA samples for your reference:
Let me know if you know any other free SPA sample and I’ll add it on the list.
For some, a simple SPA will suffice. For others they may require the help of a legal professional. So for whatever purpose you are using the SPA make sure it meets the objectives.
Share your experience. How and where did you get the special power of attorney?
Resource: SPA: Calgary, Alberta