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  1. Info On Power Of Attorney
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Information Power Of Attorney

Power of Attorney as provided for lawyers in Turkey must be issued at a notary public’s office in either the country of Turkey itself (within its legal jurisdiction) or at the Turkish Consulate in foreign countries.   Advocatory General Power of Attorney (a power of attorney where a lawyer acts on behalf of a client) has a standard format and content set out in a fixed format ready prepared for you in the offices of the Notary Public or the Consulate.  However, you may wish to vary the content of the Power of Attorney in accordance with your needs to give explicit power to the proxy in cases such as the buying or selling of property and/or divorce.  Furthermore, if you are outside of Turkey and cannot physically attend the Consulate Office nearest you, then the relevant Power of Attorney may be issued by the notary of the country in which you find yourself.  However, in that case, the Power of Attorney must be stamped with the Apostille Seal by requirement of the Hague Convention in international law.  It must also be translated into English by an official permitted to do that by the Court in that country.




Sample Of Power Of Attorney

I ……………….hereby assign the attorney from Antalya Bar, Ceyda Yarlıgaçlı who is resident in the address of Meltem Mah. İ.baha Sürelsan Cad. Özarı Ap. Daire:3 ANTALYA under the registry number 3138, identification number 15893071846 as my jointly or severally attorney to be authorised and empowered in order to represent me in all the cases filed for or against me or those that shall be filed and also those that have been or shall be filed by us against other persons in the legal, commercial, criminal, labour courts, Supreme Court, Council of State, in any department and degree in the courts, committees, offices and organs, commissions of Turkish Republic as a plaintiff, defendant, intervener and third person under any capacity, profession and way by reason of  the jobs that require follow up in all the commissions and for the disagreements with the Treasury, to protect my rights and interest, to fulfil the procedures that the attorney finds appropriate, to file a case, to request participation to follow up the filed case, to participate, to deliver any kind of petitions and pleadings to the related organs under his own signature, to send and receive notifications, to present expert witness, to protest those that are presented by the other party, to protest, to notify with official warning and notification, to receive those that are given and to reply for these, to offer an oath, to receive or cancel the offered oath, to demand recusation, to request inspection, to accept or reject the inspection requests, to have them fulfill precautionary and executive injunctions, to follow the procedures in all the Supreme Court, Council of State and other state offices and to complete and to have the related procedures completed, to defend, to appeal, to request the decree to be corrected, to request to be exempted from the court hearing, to attend the court trials that will occur in absentia, to be present at tax and insurance inspections, to present the books and records, to receive and deliver, to represent at rejection and appeal commissions, to receive the attorney’s fees and expenses to be granted at the courts and execution offices, to sign the written undertakings, to request the rejection of the trial, to request the revision of the whole case, to accept the cases  or to be filed, to withdraw from the case,  to agree the withdrawal of the case, to collect and receive, to reconcile and release, to appoint, design and discharge the others  with all or some part of these powers.




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What happens if Notification is sent to an address that is no longer current?

The Notification will have been sent to that old address because you informed the Authorities that it was your place of abode previously.  It is up to you to correct  your address on all government forms and registers, keeping it current as you move.  The Judiciary uses the address you gave them, which in law is perceived to be current.  As a result, the claim of not having received the Notification because you no longer live at that address is no defense unless you can demonstrate that you had supplied a correct version.


What does it mean when the Notification is made to my ‘neighbourhood governor’(muhtar)?




Should you not be at home when the Notification was issued, an ‘alert’ will be pasted on your door, telling you that your Notification has been left with your neighborhood governor or Muhtar.  The date on which the Muhtar receives the Notification is considered, in law, to be the date when you yourself were issued it.  The legal clock has started ticking.  In the event that you discover such documentation on your door, act on it immediately – find out what it is about and move forward to resolve it.




What do I do when I receive a Notification from the Court, the Office of the Public Prosecutor, or the Civil Law Enforcement Agency?




Any ‘Notification’ from these bodies is sent to inform you of an official transaction.  These are in turn the result of complicated legal processes which you may lose if you neglect to act  upon the Notification in a timely manner.  Be aware that when a Notification reaches you this means that a judicial action has been started in which you are named and to which you must respond.  Should you not respond when you are the opponent in a Civil Court, this will be taken to mean that you deny all claims against you.  Should you not respond when you are the claimant in a Civil Court, it means that you forfeit important rights such as the primary submission of evidence to the Court and the opportunity to respond to the evidence presented by the other party.  If you neglect to respond to Payment Orders issued by Civil Enforcement Offices, it is taken to mean that you accept responsibility for the debt and undertake to pay the sum charged.  Perhaps most crucially, should you fail to respond to the Notification issued by the Criminal Court, you risk arrest by the police.




How long does an average lawsuit take in Turkey?




The short answer is – how long is a piece of string?  Every case is different, and the length of time it takes for one to proceed does not guarantee that the next one will operate at the same pace.  However, the Turkish Justice Ministry has published some statistics that offer enlightenment.  In 2007 it took 202 days, on average, to try a case in Turkey.  However, the actual figure varies widely from court to court.  A case filed in the Civil Court of Intellectual Property took, on average, 619 days; one in the Commercial Court was settled in 410 days; in a Labor Court in 441 days, in the Family Court a more acceptable 157 days, and in the Civil Courts of Peace a positively speedy 108 days.  It is worth remembering that during August much of the Turkish Judiciary is in recess, so only certain types of lawsuits may proceed with their court hearings.




Can I expect to get my legal fees reimbursed by my opponent if I win my case?

Turkish law doesn’t allow claimants to seek reimbursement for their fees.  The logic behind this principle is that people might be deterred from fighting a case in court if they thought they risked liability for their opponent’s fees should they lose.

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