Power of attorney

With the precautionary power of attorney, you can transfer the perception of individual or all matters to another person in the event that you lose the ability to decide for yourself.

With a precautionary power of attorney, you can take precautions in the event that you are no longer able to manage your own affairs - for example as a result of an accident or illness. You cannot automatically legally represent your relatives in this situation.
A power of attorney for preventive care enables you to achieve a high degree of self-determination. You name one or more people you trust who are willing to act for you if necessary. In the power of attorney, you can specify in detail to which areas of responsibility it applies and which powers the authorized representative should have. If there is an effective and sufficient power of attorney, no legal support may be ordered for you by the care court in its regulatory area.
Power of attorney can be registered with the Central Pension Register of the Federal Chamber of Notaries for a small fee.

For reasons of clarity and probative value, a written drafting of the precautionary power of attorney is recommended. In some cases, e.B. if the authorised representative is to be able to conclude certain legal transactions (e.B. a consumer loan agreement), a notarial deed may be required.
It is expedient to involve the authorised representative(s) already in the drafting of the power of attorney.


Further information can also be found on the websites of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV), the state government of Schleswig-Holstein and the Federal Medical Association.

  • Bundesärztekammer - Living will, power of attorney, care order
  • Childcare law
  • BMJV - Power of Attorney, Care and Living Will
  • §§ 78a 78c Bundesnotarordnung (BNotO), Zentrales Vorsorgeregister,
  • Ordinance on the Central Pension Register (Pension Register Ordinance - VRegV).

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  • VRegV
  • §§ 78a ff. BNotO

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