Author:Ketenci & Ketenci
Profession:Ketenci & Ketenci

The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents ("Hague Convention") is an international treaty, the source of Apostille, drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law on October 5, 1961.

Hague Convention specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille. It is an international certification comparable to notarization process in domestic laws. It should significantly be noted that an apostille does not give information regarding the quality of the document, but certifies the signature and correctness of the seal/stamp on the document which is actually necessary to be certified. After apostilization process, the document will enjoy the legal effect that it originally has, in the receiving country.

Apostilization procedures with regard to PoA

Apostilization is the process where the governmental body certifies that the notary's or another competent officer's signature, seal, and license are valid. The government official checks the signature and seal on the documents, check their own records to validate the signature and seal. They will then attach another paper to the document with their authorization seal and signature. Such apostilization procedure certifies that the notarization is authentic.

Power of Attorney ("PoA") is one of the legal instruments which is used for any international/national legal matters almost everywhere around the world. However, for the usage of PoA in another state, it is a must for PoA to get issued by a competent officer (notary public etc.) and accordingly duly...

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