Power of Attorney
Apostilling a Power of Attorney is easy as 1-2-3!
1. Download and complete our order form.
2. Mail your original document and the order form to us.
3. Receive your apostilled Power of Attorney at your address anywhere in the world!
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If you need to take care of business or family affairs on behalf of another person in a different country, your Power of Attorney (POA) will require an apostille to be valid in that country. To ensure its legitimacy let an attorney or a certified specialist in that country prepare a Power of Attorney for you. Once your POA is properly prepared, it needs to get a certification from a US notary public.
Make sure you choose an experienced notary public knowledgeable on proper notarization procedures and notarial laws. The notary public must prepare a notary affidavit in English that should then be attached to your Power of Attorney. Incorrectly notarized documents will not be accepted for apostilling.
In some states, it is required that all documents submitted for notarization must be translated into English by a certified translator. Please contact us if you need help finding a certified translator. To ensure all notarized documents submitted for apostille are accepted and processed promptly, we always check them for errors or inaccuracies. If we find any issues with your notarized Power of Attorney, we will contact you right away and advise on how to correct mistakes.
Please note, a Power of Attorney signed and notarized in one of the States must be apostilled in the same State. For instance, if you signed and notarized your POA in Ohio, only the State of Ohio could process an apostille on your document.
A properly drafted POA always meets the following guidelines:
• It bears an original signature
• It has a date
• There are no corrections or blanks in your POA
If your POA is intended for use in a member country of the Hague Apostille Convention, it will receive an apostille. If your Power of Attorney is needed for use in a Hague Convention non-member country, instead of an apostille it will receive an Authentication State Certification. Authentication Certificates for use in non-member countries will require the US Department of State certification and Embassy or Consulate legalization.
We recommend that you hire a professional attorney from a country where you need to use your POA to make sure it is prepared correctly. For example, if your Power of Attorney is to be used in Mexico, we recommend that a Mexican attorney drafts your document. Choosing an experienced attorney from a country of your POA’s destination will eliminate potential errors and rejections. We also recommend preparing a Power of Attorney in both languages, so for use in Mexico, for instance, your Power of Attorney should be prepared in English and Spanish.
Obtaining an apostille can be a complicated process and should not be left to someone that does not understand all of the steps involved. Untrained persons that do not understand all of the tasks involved for certification in each country are more likely to make errors, which will delay the processing of your documents for days, weeks, or even months. Instead of wasting time and money with non-professionals, let Global Apostille handle your apostille on a Power of Attorney.