Apostille & Authentication for Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney, also called a Letter of Attorney or POA, is an official document that gives one party the right or “power” to act on another’s behalf, financially or legally. Once the party has obtained Power of Attorney, this person is referred to as an “Agent” or “Attorney-in-Fact.” Some instances where you may use Power of Attorney to act on another’s behalf are:
- To purchase or sell real estate
- To pursue legal action
- To make insurance claims
- To have authority over finances and financial decisions
To ensure your Power of Attorney is accepted and legalized for use in a foreign country, you may need an Apostille or authentication.
Apostille Documents offers a comprehensive Apostille and authentication service with convenient online ordering and document return via FedEx, saving you time and ensuring peace of mind that your document will arrive quickly and safely. Apostille Documents will process your Power of Attorney documents with the utmost care. We understand the details and the potential challenges involved in the process and will ensure your document is properly legalized. Before you present us with your Power of Attorney, there are some steps you can take to make sure the process is as smooth as possible:
Easy Steps to Order a California Apostille & Authentication for Power of Attorney
1. Check the Origin of the Power of Attorney. Make sure that Power of Attorney was granted and issued by an official in one of the 58 counties in California.
2. Check for a Notary Signature. In order for your Power of Attorney to be legalized and executed, the document must be notarized by a Notary Public. If you need your Power of Attorney authenticated and it does not have a Notary certificate, you must obtain a California All-Purpose Certificate of Acknowledgement. This form must be certified by a Notary and included with your documents.
Important Note: The Acknowledgement Certificate mentioned above must include the following verbiage:
“I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct”.
Older California All-Purpose Certificate of Acknowledgement forms do not include the “penalty of perjury” phrase and are not valid.
If English is not your first language, you can have your document drafted in your native language before the document is notarized. Please call our office for more information.
3. Find Out if the Destination Country is a Member of the Hague Convention (Click Here). If the country to whom you are presenting your document is a member of the Hague Convention, you will need an Apostille authentication. If not, your document may need Embassy Legalization. In this case, please give us a call.
4. Go to Purchase Options and follow instructions