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Frequently Asked Questions
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  • What is an apostille?
An apostille is a special certification, applicable to countries that are members of the Hague Convention, entitling a document's recognition in its intended country of use.
  • What is the purpose of an apostille?
An apostille is required for legal documents from one country that will be presented for use in another. Examples of documents that an apostille may be obtained for include birth certificates, marriage certificates, powers of attorney, and passports. Having an apostille removes the need to obtain full legalization for countries that are members to the Hague Convention.
  • Do all documents need an apostille?
No, only documents for use in territories that are members of the Hague Convention need apostilles. Documents for use in non-Hague countries will require full legalization at the Embassy level.
    • How do I get my documents authenticated?
    Obtaining authentication is a very complex process that goes far beyond simply supplying the original document.  The process of authentication is dependent upon the type of document and the country of intended use, among other factors.
    • Does Corporate Legal provide apostille and legalization services nationwide?
    Yes, Professional Document Solutions provides its services in all 50 states and U.S. territories. In addition, we can obtain certified copies and other corporate documents from the Secretary of State offices located across the nation.
    • Does Corporate Legal provide translation services?
    Yes, we can arrange translation of your documents. 
    • Which countries require Embassy legalization?
    Please visit our Hague Convention page for detailed list of member/non-member countries.