In some provinces and territories, you'll need a witness to sign the
power of attorney. In Quebec, the contract does not need to be
witnessed or notarized. When adding a power of attorney to your
account, we will confirm your and your attorney's identities. This
helps us ensure that your identity is not being stolen and that
applicable legislation like the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering)
and Terrorist Financing Act is being adhered to.
You must provide two pieces of ID, including one from the list provided in the Access to Basic Banking Services pamphlet. We also require a copy of the power of attorney document for our files (original or certified copy). We'll perform the necessary checks when you present a power of attorney at National Bank. For example, if the document raises questions about the scope of power granted to your attorney, we may investigate the matter. In such cases, we keep you informed of the timeframe needed to complete our review, which could be several business days.