The Powers-of-Attorney Act, 1882
(7 of 1882)
Last Updated 30th December, 2019 [act065]
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY ▼
Object & Reasons▼
|Statement of Objects and Reasons.-As the law stands, the donee of a power-of-attorney, when executing an instrument pursuant to the power, must sign, and where sealing is required must seal, u his principal's name. The first object of this Bill is to render it legal for such donees to execute in and with their own names and seals. The law respecting the execution of instrument under powers-of-attorney will thus be made accordant with what will be the rule in England from and after 31st December, 1881, and with what is believed to be the practice in the North-Western Provinces, British Burma and, probably, elsewhere in India. This section effecting this is copied from section 46 of the recent Statutes 44 and 45 Vic. c. 41, which takes effect from the close of the present year. The second object of this Bill is to preclude doubts as to the liability of a donee of a power-of-attorney who makes payments in good faith after the donor of the power has died or become lunatic or bankrupt or insolvent, or has revoked the power, when the fact of death, lunacy, bankruptcy, insolvency or revocation was not known to the donee at the time of making the payment. The section effecting this is copied from section 47 of the Statute above mentioned, and merely extends to all attorneys the rule as to trustees, executors and administrators making payments under powers, which has been in force in British India for the last fifteen years (See Act 28 of 1866, section 39). The third and last object of the Bill is to provide for the deposit of instruments creating powers-of-attorney, and for the evidence of the contents of such instruments. The section effecting this is copied (with the modifications necessary to adapt it to India) from 44 and 45 Vic. c. 41, section 48. Amending Act 55 of 1982-Statement of Objects and Reasons.-The Law Commission in its Sixty-Eighth Report examined the Powers-of-Attorney Act, 1882 and while suggesting that because of its archaic form and language it should be replaced by a new enactment, it also suggested certain amendments to the Act. As the amendments do not call for any radical or substantial changes in the Act which had worked smoothly for a century, it is proposed, instead of replacing the Act by a new one, to make the necessary amendments therein. (2) The Act though it deals with powers-of-attorney, does not contain the definition of "power-of-attorney". It is proposed to remedy this defect by inserting a suitable definition. (3) The expression "assurance" occurring in section 2 is being omitted as unnecessary. (4) Section 4 of the Act enables original instruments creating powers-of-attorney to be deposited in a High Court, which, without further proof, would be sufficient evidence of the contents of the instruments and their deposit in the High Court. It is proposed to make this facility available even to persons who reside at a distance from the High Courts. Accordingly, a provision is being made for the deposit of these instruments not only in the High Courts but also in the District Courts. 5. Section 5 of the Act, as at present worded, gives the impression that the marriage of a minor, which is prohibited by the Child Marriage Restraint Act, is permitted and that a married woman, who is a minor, could execute a power-of-attorney. Therefore, it is proposed to delete the reference to a married woman who is a minor so as to make it clear that a minor, whether married or unmarried, does not have the power to appoint an agent or execute a power-of-attorney.|
(b) A separate file of instruments so deposited shall be kept; and any person may search that file, and inspect every instrument so deposited; and a certified copy thereof shall be delivered out to him on request.
(c) A copy of an instrument so deposited may be presented at the office and may be stamped or marked as a certified copy, and, when so stamped or marked, shall become and be a certified copy.
(d) A certified copy of an instrument so deposited shall, without further proof, be sufficient evidence of the contents of the instrument and of the deposit thereof in the High Court [or District Court].
[(e)] The High Court may, from time to time, make rules for the purposes of this section, and prescribing, with the concurrence of the [State Government], the fees to be taken under clauses (a), (b) and [(c)].
(g) This section applies to instruments creating powers-of-attorney executed either before or after this Act comes into force.5. Power-of-attorney of married women. - [A married woman of full age shall, by virtue of this Act, have power, as if she were unmarried,] by a non-testamentary instrument, to appoint an attorney on her behalf, for the purpose of executing any non-testamentary instrument, or doing any other act which she might herself execute or do; and the provisions of this Act, relating to instruments creating powers-of-attorney, shall apply thereto. This section applies only to instruments executed after this Act comes into force. 6. Act 28 of 1866, section 39, repealed. - [Repealed by the Amending Act, 1891 (12 of 1891), section 2 and Schedule 1.]...