May 25 2016 34Comments
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3 Steps to Prepare your Power of Attorney for use Overseas

[vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round” message_box_color=”vista_blue”]If you are in California and want to authorize someone in Non-Hague Countries Overseas to handle your legal or financial issues, you will need to create the correct form of POA, get it certified by the California Secretary of State, authenticated by the US Department and  finally legalized by the embassy of this country in Washington DC in order for your POA to be valid there.[/vc_message]

First of all, you will need to know the meaning of a Power of Attorney, how you can create one by yourself and get it correctly legalization to be valid for use abroad

Power of Attorney- Definition and Function

Power of Attorney is a  legal instrument that permits someone called “the agent” to act on behalf of ”the client” in a particular financial or legal issues for a fixed time period, mentioned in the POA form. Any person can be authorized to be an “Agent”, not necessarily have to be a lawyer.

All legal powers entitled to the client must be clearly mentioned within the power of Attorney, agreed and signed by the Client. There are different types of Power of Attorneys depending on the particular situation and the required purposes. For example, the “general power of Attorney” allows your agent a complete powers over your financial, medical or legal situations. While the “Limited power of Attorney or Special Power of Attorney” allows your agent the powers to handle a single and specific situation, which is stated in the POS’s form.

You will need to legalize a “Power of Attorney” if:-

  • You are medically unfit and you want to authorize someone to handle your legal , financial and medical issues.
  • You are away from home and you want someone to handle a certain issue such as buying or selling.

Power of Attorney Creation and Legalization | A-Z

1) Download the POA template that suit your situation.

You may surf the internet to choose the best Power of Attorney form that serve your situation. There are many online websites that offers a wide variety of Power of Attorney forms and a lot other legal advices that might be helpful for you such as: Rocket Lawyer, Law Depot.

Power of Attorney templates

  • General power of Attorney
  • Power of Attorney for Banks
  • Power of Attorney for selling Cars
  • Power of Attorney for matters of marriage
  • Power of Attorney for Judicial Process
  • Power of Attorney for matters of Divorce
  • Special Power of Attorney

2) Read the Power of Attorney carefully

If you have decided that you don’t need a lawyer and that you are going to prepare your Power of Attorney by yourself, you have to pay complete attention while doing it so as to make any mistake that cost you a lot later. After you have decided what type of power of Attorney you need, you have to read it carefully once and twice to make sure that is describe and state the same purpose that you are looking for. If you have found in the POA form any statement that you cannot understand, don’t use this form and choose another one. Do Not sign the Power of Attorney except when you have fully understand every word in the form.

Please pay attention that you will need to provide a translation for your Power of Attorney because you are going to use it aboard.

3) Get the Required authentications

1. Sign the Power of Attorney before a Notary Public in California

The Power of Attorney is a legal document that must be certified in front of a notary public in the state of California The notary must ensure that you will sign the Power in your complete capacity before he signs the document.

Click Here to search for the nearest notary in the State of California, you can search by Zip code, or by your city.

2. Certify your document from the California Secretary of State Office

Get California Power of Attorney Apostille from the CA Secretary of State Office in Los Angeles or in Sacramento. You will find all the information you will need here:


Approximate Processing Time(7-10) business days + Mailing Time for mailed requests

Same Day for Walk-In Service

FeesRegular Apostille Service: $20.00per document

Expedited Apostille service: $ 26.00 per document.

Accepted payment Types-Check, Money Order- Make it payable to (the California Secretary of State).

-Cash is available for Walk-in service ONLY.

Working hoursMonday -Friday

8:00 am-4:30pm PST.

Walk-In AddressSacramento Main Office

1500 11th Street, 2nd and 3rd Floors

Sacramento, CA 95814
Los Angeles Regional Office

300 South Spring Street, Room 12513

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mailing AddressCalifornia Secretary of State-Sacramento Main Office

Notary Public Section

P.O. Box 942877

Sacramento, CA 94277–0001

TelephoneLos Angeles office: (213) 897-3062

Sacramento Main Office: (916) 657-5448 Ex: 2

– (916) 653–3595

Official Website

3. Get the US Department of State authentication in Washington DC

Contact the US Department of State in Washington DC to authenticate your Power of Attorney, do not forget to include a request form stating your destination country.


Walk-IN AddressOffice of Authentications

U.S. Department of State

600 19th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Mailing AddressOffice of Authentications

U.S. Department of State


44132 Mercure CIR PO BOX 1206 Sterling, VA 20166 1206

Fees$ 8.00 per document-
Processing time8 Business Days
Cover LetterAuthentication Request Form
important linksOfficial Website

3. Get The Embassy Legalization

You have to contact your targeted Country’s Embassy in Washington DC to obtain the last certification, which is the Embassy Certificate.

If you are in a time pressed situation and you want to expedite Embassy Legalization for Power of Attorney, please contact: or Call +1 (323) 977-4900 to legalize power of Attorney timely and effectively.


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