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  • Only UAE national lawyers with a valid license are allowed to appear before the UAE courts.
  • The lawyers should be licensed by the UAE’s Ministry of Justice and must be registered in the roll of practicing lawyers.
  • The court accepts the authorisation of attorneys in accordance with the provisions of the law.
  • The representative must prove his appointment through an official power of attorney attested by a notary public.
  • The appointment gives the attorney the power to perform all necessary actions and procedures to file a lawsuit, follow-up on its proceedings, defend and take precautionary measures until a decision on its merits is rendered.

How to appoint a lawyer?

The appointment of a lawyer is an important step in enabling the start of proceedings. The appointment of a lawyer must be done in accordance with the Laws that regulate lawyers. There are two documents that must be signed with your lawyer prior to starting work:

  • Letter of Engagement / Fee Agreement
  • Power of Attorney

The letter of Engagement is a document outlining the scope of work of the lawyer and the fees payable by the client retaining the lawyer. Other terms and conditions are also laid out for the purposes of clarity. This document must be signed between the client an attorney to avoid any doubts as to their roles and obligations.

The Power of Attorney is a document authorizing the attorney to represent the client in court or otherwise. The Power of Attorney must be signed in the notary Public and Notarized before it can be accepted as a valid document. The POA can be in Arabic for Arabic speakers and Arabic and English for non-arabic speakers.

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