Health care proxy, advice and certification

With a health care proxy, you can take precautions in the event that you are no longer able to take care of your own affairs as a result of an accident or illness. You cannot automatically represent your relatives legally in this situation.
A power of attorney for pension provision gives you a high degree of self-determination. You name one or more people you trust who are ready to act for you if necessary. In the power of attorney, you can regulate in detail which areas of responsibility they apply to and which powers the proxy should have. If there is an effective and sufficient power of attorney, the supervision court may not order legal supervision for you.

The advice center for legal support and power of attorney provides information and advice on the subject of power of attorney. Advice takes place in informational events and in personal discussions that can be arranged over the phone. Public authentication of the signature on power of attorney is offered.
Valid ID.
The personal appearance of the principal is essential. A certification in the absence of the principal is not carried out.


The principal must be of legal age and legally competent. There should be an unrestricted relationship of trust with the authorized representative.
The proxy must be willing and able to represent the principal's interests.

Please make an appointment for a personal consultation or to participate in an information event.


For reasons of clarity and evidential value, it is recommended that the health care proxy be drawn up in writing. The written form is required in land register, commercial register and litigation matters. Likewise, if the authorized representative is to consent, for example, to high-risk medical interventions (Section 1904 (5) BGB) or to measures involving deprivation of liberty (Section 1906 (5) BGB). In some cases, such as measures involving deprivation of liberty or compulsory treatment, decisions by the authorized representative require the approval of the supervisory court.

You can have your signature or a show of hands under the health care proxy publicly certified free of charge by the advice center for legal support and health care proxy. This removes doubts about the authenticity of your signature and your identity and increases the acceptance of the power of attorney in legal transactions. For the public authentication of a signature or a show of hands on the power of attorney, the identity card of the person signing is required. Public certification of the power of attorney is expressly required, for example, for: land register and commercial register entries, registration in the register of associations, the rejection of an inheritance, the return of a promissory note.

Individual legal advice and the creation of a power of attorney with a certification by a notary are recommended depending on the situation. For example, in the case of complex financial circumstances, differences in the family. In particular, the notarial certification of the power of attorney significantly increases its evidential value and largely rules out any later objections to your legal capacity and the seriousness of your decision in the case of representation. A notarial certification of the power of attorney is always necessary when taking out consumer loans, if a trade is operated or if you are a partner in a partnership or a GmbH.

Power of attorney can be registered with the Central Pension Register of the Federal Chamber of Notaries for a small fee.
§ 164 ff., § 1896ff., § 1901c German Civil Code (BGB)

Related Links

  • Legal support
  • Advice center for legal support and health care proxy

Responsible for the content
No information available

Last update or date of publication
No information available