joint power of attorney

Dear Sir,


I have father who is a senior citizen and who has recently operated for foot finger. We have a matter that is going in lower courts. I want to take power of attorney of my father to represent on his behalf - that is myself and my wife. Incase if I am not available than mu wife can represent.


What is the meaning of phrase jointly and severally in power of attorney document.


Please resply.


best wishes,




Dear Mr.Antonio,

Noted your query and inform you the following:

In contract, it arises when two or more persons in the same contract jointly promise to do the same thing, but also separately promise to do the same thing. For example, if A and B promise jointly and severally to pay £100 to C, then they are together under an obligation to pay £100 to C, but also individually they are under an obligation to pay the money to C. Performance by A or B discharges the obligation. In such a case, C is entitled to £100 in total and it can enforce the obligation in full against A or B or both. If C sues A and not B, it is open to A to claim a contribution from B.

Hope the example will clarify the matter.




Legal consultant

Abu Dhabi




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