Power of Attorney Apostille

If you plan to conduct business or deal with family matters in a country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you will be asked to have an Apostille attached to your Power of Attorney.  The purpose of the Apostille is to authenticate the officials signature (Notaries).  For a Power of Attorney, the California Secretary of State will authenticate the signature of the notary and the notary will authenticate your signature.  It’s a checks and balance system.

In the State of California, a Power of Attorney can be in any language as long as the notarial wording on the document is in English. If not, the notary will attach a California Acknowledgment to the signed page. We also recommend the notary place his/her seal next to the signer’s signature in order to demonstrate consistency with the documents. Some countries may reject the document if the signed page does not have a notary seal.

A Power of Attorney is typically drafted by an Attorney or a specialist in the receiving country. This helps eliminate the possibility that the document will be rejected because of missing information or an incorrectly worded document. Typically, a Power of Attorney is drafted and emailed to the signers. If you are in San Francisco, you can find a local notary near you or you can hire a traveling notary to come to your office.

Once the document has been notarized, you can then mail the document to our office for fast same-day processing.  Once complete, you’ll have your documents back to your location in San Francisco the next business morning.

As much as we enjoy helping our customers save time and money, we are unable to provide you on what information to include in your Power of Attorney.  From experience, most people ask an Attorney or specialist to help them prepare the documents.

We can also Apostille certificates issued by the State or County Clerk. These certificates include: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificate, Affidavits, and more.