Do you need to apostille a Power of Attorney – POA?
A power of attorney signed and notarized in the State of California must also be apostilled through the California State office. Our offices in California (San Francisco and Los Angeles) can expedite the processing of your documents the same-day.
If the country requesting your documents is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, then your documents will receive an apostille. If the country is not a member, then your documents will receive a certificate. Please note that countries who are not members also require additional steps to complete (Example: US Department of State certification and Embassy or Consulate legalization).
We recommend that a power of attorney be drafted by a professional from the country requesting it. For example, if you need a power of attorney for Russia, we recommend that an attorney in Russia draft the power of attorney. In the State of California, a document can be written in any language. As long as the notary completed the notarization and adds correct notarial wording in English the State of California will apostille the documents.
We recommend that you contact us before mailing in your documents in order to avoid any delays or additional cost.
The very first step is to take your power of attorney to a local notary public. The notary must notaries your documents and use proper California State notarial wording in English. We can provide you samples of the notarial wording when you contact us.
Obtaining an apostille on your power of attorney can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the authentication 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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