Power of Attorney Apostille

Mar 16, 2020 12:05 PM ET

Do you need to apostille your Power of Attorney?

By obtaining an apostille on a power of attorney, you can avoid traveling altogether saving you time, money, and the potential risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus.  For example, if you would like to sell your property in Mexico, you can assign your family member, friend, or attorney to act on your behalf while you are still in the United States.

In order to apostille your power of attorney, you must mail in the original notarized copy to our office for processing.  A power of attorney can only be authenticated from the State the documents were notarized in. The notary must be commissioned and use proper notarial wording for their State.

For example, if your power of attorney was signed and notarized in the State of California, the State of California is the only State that can issue the California apostille.  Another example is if your power of attorney was signed and notarized in the State of New York (NYC), only the State of New York can issue the New York apostille.  Please note that New York require County exemplification in addition to the state apostille.

Some States require a notarized document to also be authenticated by the County Clerk (Two-steps).  These States include: Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Tennessee.

We recommend that your power of attorney be prepared by a professional from the Country requesting it. For example, if the Country of Mexico is requesting a signed and notarized power of attorney, we recommend that an attorney or paralegal in Mexico prepare your document both in English and Spanish.  Some US States will not apostille a document written in a foreign language.  In order to avoid this, we recommend your documents to be written in both languages.

If you are located outside of the USA and need to have your signed power of attorney authenticated for a country other than the USA, you can contact the local U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate office and meet with a U.S. Federal notary.  Once notarized, you can then mail in this document to our Washington DC apostille office for processing.

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated and time-consuming. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

Remember, by obtaining an apostille on a power of attorney, you can avoid traveling altogether.  We can apostille a signed and notarized power of attorney documents from every state.

Our staff is available Monday-Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow-step-by-step instructions.  Please call us at 1-800-903-2470 or visit our site and chat live with one of our knowledgeable representatives. 

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