Consular legalization, notarization and apostille documents for Russian Federation
What you need to know about documents while living in America. It will be about the Power of Attorney, Notarization of documents, what is the Apostille and what is Consular legalization of documents.
Power of attorney
A power of attorney is a document giving the right to represent your interests, to dispose of property and to perform various actions on your behalf. The power of attorney must contain the passport data of the person trusting and the person trusted, as well as a detailed description of the subject of the power of attorney (for example, address of the apartment, bank details, data of the vehicle passport, etc.). The power of attorney must be notarized and, in most cases, sealed with an apostille.
The notary confirms by his signature and seal that the document was indeed signed in his presence by the person mentioned in the document, or that a copy of the document was removed from the original by him or in his presence. The notary must specify the date of expiration of his term.
Consular legalization of documents
Consulates or embassies assist citizens of their countries in drawing up official documents (powers of attorney, applications, etc.), their notarization and legalization. The procedure for issuing a power of attorney through embassies / consulates often consists of reviewing / correcting the text of the power of attorney received by fax, making an appointment and signing the finished power of attorney in the presence of authorized employees of the embassy / consulate, issuing a certificate confirming the authenticity of a document certified by other institutions is about 1- 2 weeks.
Apostille (legalization of documents) — a certificate certifying the authenticity of signatures, stamps and powers of signatories and issued by the state secretariat or an authorized organization. According to the Hague Convention, signed on October 5, 1961, the states that signed it (all republics of the former Soviet Union joined the Hague Convention) exempt citizens of their countries from the need for consular legalization and accept documents that have an apostille, as well as documents certified by the embassy. The only condition may be the need to translate the apostille into the language of the state in which the documents will be presented.
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