Power of Attorney Apostille and Authentication Service
What is a power of attorney?
According to Legal Zoom, a power of attorney (POA) is “a legally binding document that grants someone, called the agent, authority to act on behalf of another, called the principal. An agent can manage the principal’s financial, medical, or other property matters without first having to get court approval.”
What is a power of attorney apostille?
In brief, a power of attorney apostille is a certification process that validates your document for use abroad. Oftentimes, overseas parties require a notarized and apostilled POA as part of a real estate or legal transaction.
In order to give the document legal status overseas, the notarization must be certified by the California Secretary of State’s office. First, the CA SOS checks to ensure that the document was notarized properly by a California-State-commissioned notary public and that the notary’s signature matches the signature they have on file. Afterwards, if everything is in order, the CA SOS adheres an apostille certificate and red stamp to the notarial certificate.
How do I get my power of attorney apostilled or authenticated?
1. Email us for a price quote.
Pricing varies depending on what country it’s going to, your location, the turnaround time needed, and the shipping destination. In order to get a quick price quote, email [email protected] with the following information:
- Your name, address, and phone number
- The name, address, phone number, and email address of the recipient (if you’d like us to ship it to a third party)
- The destination country
- A statement about whether the document is already notarized or needs to be notarized
We will respond with a price quote without delay. Once we’ve agreed upon a price, we will start the apostille/
2. Get the power of attorney notarized.
The principal must sign the document in front of a notary public. If the principal is in the San Francisco Bay Area, we can meet them and notarize the POA.
3. Get the power of attorney to us.
Assuming that we notarize the document, we’ll simply collect payment at the appointment and take the notarized document with us. If someone else notarizes it, you can send it to our office:
SF Notary + Apostille
315 Montgomery Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Please include a check or money order made out to “AMN SF” or call us at +1 (415) 655-9455 to arrange credit-card payment.
4. We’ll take it from there.
We will obtain an apostille from the Secretary of State in Sacramento. Some countries require apostilles plus additional certifications, details of which we will provide in the price quote. Once the document has an apostille (and additional authentication/legalization, if required), we’ll ship it via FedEx Priority Overnight Service (USA destinations) or FedEx International Priority Service (overseas destinations).