Our clients often ask “What are Apostille services?” Here, we will answer that question and explain how the process works and explain its benefits.
The Hague Convention Apostille, or simply Apostille, is a procedure that simplifies the legalization of documents to verify their authenticity. It essentially makes the documents valid internationally. The Apostille meaning in French translates to “certification.” An international certification, it is most comparable to the domestic validation of documents known as notarization. If the origin country and the receiving country are Hague convention members, an Apostilled document does not have to be notarized.
The Apostille was introduced as an alternative to legalization, through the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961. If a state hasn’t signed the Convention, it must have a process for certifying foreign legal documents. An Apostille simplifies the process because legalization requires a document to be certified by a foreign ministry in the origin country and the foreign ministry of the government of the country it will be used, meaning it must be certified twice.
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