A solicitor is a person who is responsible for the procedural representation of a person in a trial having.

The attorney is a person trained in law for a university degree and prepared to be able to represent procedurally in all legal fields a person who requires their services.

The function of the attorney is the presentation and follow-up of the writings that the lawyer draws up, this figure is in charge of ensuring that the deadlines are met, collecting registration or payment orders in court, managing court fees, receiving notifications of the court and inform the lawyer among many other more administrative functions.

The figure of the attorney is not common in all countries, for example, in Spain it is a mandatory figure, but instead in Colombia the figure of the lawyer groups the functions of lawyer and attorney that in Spain are separate, just as in Italy . In Germany, the same thing happens in Colombia and in France, only the figure of the attorney is required when the lawsuit is filed before the courts of cassation and appeal.

However, the figure of the procurator dates back many years, has its origins in the Middle Ages and was known as a “personero”.

Types of powers of attorney

Now, what kind of powers can a procurator have to represent a person:

  • General: The citizen gives the attorney a power to intervene in all processes (civil, criminal, etc.)
  • Special: The citizen gives the attorney a power for a certain area (civil or criminal, for example)
  • Very Special: The citizen gives the attorney a power for a certain procedural matter.

The attorney maintains a media relationship with the client since regardless of whether the lawsuit is lost, the attorney must receive their payment.

The application of the attorney is not necessary in all processes since there are several exceptions where only the assistance of a lawyer is necessary.


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