How to Apostille a Power of Attorney

If you need to conduct business or handle personal family matters in a country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you will be required to obtain an Apostille on a Power of Attorney.  In most cases, the document will be prepared by an attorney or specialist in the other country and mailed/e-mailed to you.  Most Secretary of State offices will accept documents in a foreign language as long as the document have been notarized properly.

Once the documents has been drafted, the next step is to meet with a local notary.  The notary must follow the correct notarial guidelines in their State because the documents will be authenticated by the Secretary of State.  The correct notarial wording must be either printed on the document or attached to the signed page in English.  It’s important to work with a professional notary who has at least several years of experience in order to avoid any delays.

If your State also requires an English translation, you will need to hire a certified translator to translate the document into English and have the translators signature notarized by a notary from the same State.   You can find a certified translator by visiting the American Translator’s Association website.

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Nonetheless, all documents we receive are verified prior to being shipped to the Secretary of State.  If we encounter any problems, we will contact you ASAP and provide you step-by-step directions on how to fix the problem.

Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

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We can process documents from all 50 U.S. States including the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., the Secretary of the District of Columbia (D.C.), and select Consulate / Embassy offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, CA.

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