Power of Attorney Apostille
A Power of Attorney or “Letter of Attorney” as it’s sometimes called refers to a written authorization to represent or act on behalf of another individual in private affairs, business, or any other legal matter. The individual authorizing the other to act on their behalf is referred to as the principal, grantor, or donor.
A Power of Attorney is important for anyone regardless of age, who has money and assets they wish to protect and/or who wants someone to act in their best interest regarding matters such as healthcare choices if they’re unable to make decisions for themselves.
It is very important to appoint someone who is trustworthy in regards to handling any personal or business affairs. An individual who is appointed as a Power of Attorney is typically able to act on your behalf without your direct oversight because the document allows for that. Because there is no direct oversight, situations such as elder financial abuse and/or fraud can and often do occur.
When acting as a designated Power of Attorney in a foreign country that is a member of the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention, a Power of Attorney Apostille must be attached to the official document. In most circumstances, the document will be created in the other country by an attorney or specialist and mailed or emailed to you. Most Secretary of State offices will accept papers written in a foreign language if they have been properly notarized.
Following the drafting of the Power of Attorney paperwork that will need to be Apostilled, a meeting with a local licensed notary is required. Because the documents are verified by the Secretary of State, the notary must follow the proper notarial requirements in their state. The proper notarial wording must be printed on the document or appended to the signed page in English.
A translation service may be required to complete the processing of the Power of Attorney. American Apostille & Notary Services is very experienced in document authentication and can assist with the proper preparation of your Power of Attorney Apostille.