An Apostille for a California Power of Attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs, business, real estate, or some other legal matter in another country.
A California Power of Attorney must first be notarized by a California notary public before the document is presented to the California Secretary of State. If the document(s) has been notarized in another state by a non-California notary public, then the document(s) will NOT be eligible for a California Apostille.
Not every country is a member of the Apostille convention. The country of destination determines whether the authentication is an Apostille or Certification. If the country is not a member of the Apostille convention, then the document(s) will receive a Certification. In most cases, if you were told you needed a California Apostille, then the country to which you will be sending the Power of Attorney too is a member of the Apostille convention.
California Apostilles and Certifications only certify to the authenticity of the signature of the official who signed the document(s), the capacity in which that official acted, and when appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document(s) bears. The Apostille or Certification does not validate the contents of the document(s).
If you live in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, we provide full-service complimentary notary and Apostille service. Our California Apostille service agent will come to your location to notarize your document(s), review your document(s) for authenticity, and schedule to meet with the California Secretary of State in Los Angeles that same day or the following business day. Once the document(s) has been completed, we’ll either overnight it back to your location or personally hand deliver the document(s) to your location.
If you live outside of Los Angeles County, you can mail in your document(s) to us. Be sure to follow the link below to download our California Apostille order form.
As always, it’s extremely important to meet with a notary who specializes in California Apostilles. The Secretary of State will attach the California Apostille to the signed page which bares the notaries seal, acknowledgement or jurat, and the signature of the person who signed the Power of Attorney. Also, before sending in your document(s), please call us for verification. Thank you!
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