As from 14th August 2016, documents for Brazil will no longer need consular legalisation – just an FCO apostille. This will considerably reduce the time taken to complete the formalities for documents heading to Brazil, and reduce the cost. It will bring Brazil in line with over 100 countries that are signatories to the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
Across the world, bodies receiving documents that have been notarially attested often require then to be ‘legalised’. This is an internationally recognised process whereby the notary’s seal and signature (or sometimes that of another public officer) are verified at governmental level in the notary’s country. It is not the verification of the document itself – that is done by the notary – but of the notary’s existence and attestation. Continue reading
Care needs to be taken when an English company is preparing to sign a company power of attorney or other document that has been drafted by lawyers in Germany and other European countries. In those countries, companies are often represented by a managing director, whose signing power is a matter of public record and who signs in that capacity. Continue reading
Many commercial documents for use in Saudi Arabia now require a three-part legalisation process once the English notary has certified the signature of the document by the company in the United Kingdom. Continue reading
Companies tendering for contracts in some overseas countries need the tender documents notarised and legalised as a matter of urgency. With the help of my consular agent in London, I can arrange for such documents to be legalised (called an apostille) from the FCO the next working day, to receive any required consular stamp and to be sent to the destination address by DHL courier. Continue reading
New South African regulations have just come into force, which require specific documentation to be produced before a child will be admitted into South Africa. Continue reading