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An Apostille is an international certification accepted by the countries participating in The Hague Treaty. Consular/Embassy legalization of documents is required for documents used in countries not part of the Hague Convention.
A notary is a government-authorized individual that verifies the legal validity of a document’s signatures. Notarization ensures that the document is legally accepted within the U.S. The power of notarization is at the state level. An Apostille is a document that verifies that the signatures and seals within a document are legally valid and accepted […]
A few examples of documents that needs apostille are: Birth certificates Court orders Document issued by a federal agency Document certified by a U.S or foreign consul.
Apostille is the legalization of document/s for use under the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The countries participating in The Hague agreed they would accept an apostille from the Secretary of State showing the document’s validity.
A few examples of documents that need notarization are: Power of Attorney Passport applications Mortgage documents Trust certifications Life and annuity claims Spousal consent Lien release Acknowledgments Affidavits Deeds Waivers
A government-authorized person known as a notary public can notarize the document. Additionally, many bank employees, lawyers, and others in the legal profession can notarize a document. To notarize a document, you need to be commissioned or designated by the state.
Notarizing a document adds an extra layer of security by requiring a witness to verify the signer’s identity. A witness is a government-authorized person known as a notary public who attests that the signer is not signing under duress and that they are aware of the contents of the document they are signing.