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Power of Attorney Authentication Legalization or Power of Attorney Apostille

For personal or commercial reasons you may be asked to provide a international Power of Attorney that will be used in a foreign country. In order for it to be accepted as legal abroad it must be authenticated and legalized. The validation process of Power of Attorney Authentication Legalization may also be called Power of Attorney Apostille or Attestation in other countries but is recognized as the equivalent. If you have been asked to have a Power of Attorney Apostille it is from a country that has signed the Hague Convention. Canada has not signed this convention and follows an equivalent two step process which will make it acceptable in those countries.

We have be helping people authenticate and legalize their Powers of Attorney for over 20 years for countries such as the Netherlands, Spain, USA and Poland where it is called Power of Attorney Apostille, and the UAE and Saudi Arabia where it is known as Power of Attorney Attestation-Legalization. Authenticating your Power of Attorney international document with us is easy. Let’s start with getting your Power of Attorney ready for Global Affairs Canada.

Is your Power of Attorney ready for Authentication?

For Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section to authenticate a Power of Attorney, it must first be notarized by a Lawyer. Most Canadian Lawyers in your local area should be able to assist you with this step. In addition to the Power of Attorney, you will need to bring government issued identification like a passport to the lawyer or notary. When you meet with the Notary they will examine your identification to confirm your identify, have you swear to this verbally, then to complete the process you will sign the power of attorney in their presence. Now you are ready for the first step of Authentication that takes place at Global Affairs Canada here in Ottawa.

Global Affairs Canada Power of Attorney Authentication Rules

Often the Power of Attorney may not be in one of Canada’s official languages of English or French. If this is the case Global Affairs Canada requires a translated version that has been prepared by a certified translator and further notarized. If you need translation services simply let us know we can assist you with this step. The current processing time for Power of Attorney Authentication with Global Affairs Canada is 20 business days via courier. Using our service we can shorten it to 1 business day authentication. See all of your Power of Attorney authentication service options here.

All other Canadian legal documents must be signed by a Canadian Notary or Commissioner of Oaths in order for us to authenticate them at Global Affairs Canada. If you need help with this ask about our Notary Services for your Canadian Power of Attorney so that you can begin the authentication and legalization for use in a foreign country.

Legalization – Attestation At The Embassy Consulate

The second step of Legalization takes place at the embassy consulate of the country where you are going to be using it. Most embassy consulates are located here in Ottawa and charge a fee to provide document legalization services. In addition, some have other requirements to legalize a Power of Attorney and processing times that change often. When you use our document legalization services we will take care of all of that, making sure it gets done correctly and meets your timeline. After the Power of Attorney has been authenticated and legalized we can return it back to you or anywhere in the world it needs to go using one of our document shipping made easy solutions or using your preferred delivery method.

Additional Documents you may need Authenticated and Legalized

If you have been asked to get a Power of Attorney Authenticated and Legalized or Apostilled you may have other documents like a notarized copy of a Passport, Birth Certificate, and Incorporation Documents that may require authentication and legalization. We can help you authenticate and legalize these and more documents when you use our Quick & Easy Verification on our home page.

Now that we have helped confirm the requirements for your international Power of Attorney, you are ready to begin the Power of Attorney Authentication and Legalization process also known as Power of Attorney Apostille Certification. We understand this is an important international matter for you. Our experience and expertise is here to help. Click below to get started!

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