In California, documents written in a foreign language are acceptable as long as the California notary attaches the correct notarial wording (Acknowledgment or Jurat statement) in English.
It’s important that the California notarial wording is in English and not in the foreign language. A notary will typically have loose acknowledgments and jurats forms on hand to staple to the page you sign.
An acknowledgment is used when the signer acknowledges that he or she has signed the document. It is not necessary for the signer to sign the document in the presence of the notary, but most people do. A jurat statement is a sworn statement and usually attached to an affidavit or a copy of a document (copy certification). In California, you can make a copy of most documents and swear that the copy is a copy of the original.
If you are notarizing a power of attorney for another country, we recommend that the document be professionally written by an attorney from the country requesting your document. This helps eliminate any errors or miscommunication. We’ve seen many attorney draft power of attorneys in English and the foreign language.
Three simple steps to get an apostille on your power of attorney…
Step 1: Obtain a Power of Attorney – If you are giving power to another person in another country to conduct a transaction on your behalf, you will need to notarize and apostille a power of attorney.
Step 2 – Mailing in Your Documents – We have offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Feel free to stop by and drop-off your documents anytime from 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday. The processing time for our San Francisco apostille office is two business days. The processing time for our Los Angeles apostille office is the same-day. If you are in a rush, we recommend that you mail-in your documents to our Los Angeles office for processing.
Step 3 – Receiving Your Apostille – Once you receive your power of attorney, the next step is to mail your document to your contact in the other country. You will want to be careful and not to detach the apostille from the document. By doing so, you will void the apostille and will have to start over. Some countries may require you to legalize the document before you mail it to the other country. For example, The Consulate General of India requires that all power of attorney documents be legalized by the Consulate before you mail the document to India. More information: India Apostille
International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document authentication services. We process documents from all 50 U.S. States including documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government. Our in-house California notary has at least 10 years of notary experience. Call us anytime from 8am to 7pm Monday through Saturday.
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