What is an Apostille?
An authentication or apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature, seal and position of the official who has executed, issued or certified a copy of a public document. Apostilles are strictly for the use of public documents abroad!
Why do I need an Apostille?
The object of the Apostille is to "abolish the requirement of diplomatic or consular legalization for foreign public documents". The completed Apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and identifies the seal/stamp which the document bears.
What does an Apostille do for me?
An Apostille is required for legal transactions where a document from one country in another country must be presented as part of a legal process. This involves many business transactions and individual transactions. For example situations to settle the estate of a deceased person with assets overseas, applying for VISA's, and positions for employment.. Some of the most common documents requiring legalization with an Apostille are Power of Attorney, Passports, Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates, criminal background checks, bank accounts etc.. The requirement of an Apostille protects you, and the potential risk of being defrauded.
Does an Apostille require a Language Translation?
Unless otherwise specified, it is recommended you obtain both a translation of an apostilled document and a certified translation of the apostille certificate. Lisa's Atlanta Mobile Apostille & Notary provides translation for an Apostilled document and a certified translations of your Apostille certificates.
Certified vs. Non-Certified Translation
Not all languages have a certification exam, and not all countries or projects require translators to be certified. By contrast, a “certified translation” is the signed statement verifying translation accuracy.