Do you need to provide a Power of Attorney to someone in another country to conduct business on your behalf? Every month we apostille over 100 power of attorney documents. There are over 100 countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. The most common countries who request an apostille on a power of attorney are: Mexico, India, Spain, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, …
In the State of California, a Power of Attorney can be written in any language. This means that you do not need to translate your documents to English. It’s important that the notary notarizes the documents correctly in order to avoid any delays. You can request the assistants of an attorney in the other country to help draft your power of attorney. An ideal power of attorney will have both English and the other language on the document divided vertically through the center.
In order for the document to be accepted by the State of California, the notarial wording must be written in English and either be included at the end of the Power of Attorney or attached to the signed page (California Acknowledgment). When choosing a notary, it’s important to find one with at least 3 years of experience and one who will follow the notarial laws of the State of California
About 60%-70% of notarized documents we receive at our office are rejected by the State of California. Here is a list of common notarial mistakes:
1. The notary forgetting to write “Notary Public” after their name.
2. The notary forgetting to include their seal and signature.
3. Incorrect notarial wording on the page.
4. The signature of the signer is missing.
5. The signature of the notary doesn’t match.
The least experiences notaries are found at Banks and credit unions. We recommend that you work with a notary who has at least 3 years of experience. It’s important to let the notary know that the notarial seal, signature, and notarial wording will be authenticated by the California Secretary of State. If their are any mistakes, the documents will need to be redone costing you time and money.
International Apostille Services, Inc. has California commissioned notaries on staff. If you are in the general area, stop by our office for complimentary notarization of your documents (Los Angeles office). We have offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco to serve you.
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