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3 Steps to Prepare your Power of Attorney for use Overseas

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 matter for a fixed time period mentioned in the Power of Attorney (POA) form. Any person can be authorized to be an “Agent”, not necessarily a lawyer.

An Agent has the power to act as the principal or client. The client appoints the agent with only certain limited powers as directed in the Power of Attorney form.

All legal powers entitled to the agent must be clearly mentioned within the Power of Attorney, and agreed to 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 the complete power 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 POA form.

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

  • You are becoming medically unfit (once you are unfit you are incapable legally to assign an agent) 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

A) Download the POA template that suits your situation.

You may search the internet to choose the best Power of Attorney form to suit your situation. There are many online websites that offer a wide variety of Power of Attorney forms and a lot other legal advices that might be helpful for you. 

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

B) 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 absolute attention while doing it so as to not make any mistakes that will cost you a lot in the future. After you have decided what type of Power of Attorney you need, you have to carefully to be sure that it describes and states the same purpose that you are looking for. Before signing any Power of Attorney, be sure the wording is correct and that it states only and all of the information you wish to assign to the agent. The purpose and the time limit and the acts the agent can perform must be specifically stated in the POA.

When this document is translated for use in a foreign country, use only certified translators since this gives your agent a great deal of power to act on your behalf.

C) 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 POA in your total mental capacity before he/she 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. Have the CA Secretary of State certify your POA

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

Fees Regular Apostille Service: $20.00 per document

Expedited Apostille service: $ 26.00 per document.

Accepted Payment Types -Check or Money Order made payable to the CA Secretary of State).

-Cash is available for Walk-in service ONLY.

Hours of Operation Monday – Friday

8:00 am- 4:30pm PST

Walk-In Address Sacramento Office1500 11th Street, 2nd and 3rd Floors

Sacramento, CA 95814

Los Angeles Regional Office

300 South Spring Street, Room 12513

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mailing Address California Secretary of State-Sacramento Main OfficeNotary Public Section

P.O. Box 942877

Sacramento, CA 94277–0001

Telephone Los Angeles office: (213) 897-3062Sacramento Main Office: (916) 657-5448 Ex: 2

– (916) 653–3595

Official Website

3. Get the U.S. Department of State authentication in Washington, DC

Contact the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC or use to authenticate your Power of Attorney. Do not forget to include a request form stating your destination country.

Walk-IN Address Office of AuthenticationsU.S. Department of State

600 19th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Mailing Address Office of AuthenticationsU.S. Department of State
Office of Authentications
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1206
Sterling, VA 20166-1206
telephone (202) 485-8000
Fees $ 8.00 per Document
Processing Time 8 Business Days
Cover Letter Authentication Request Form
important links Official Website

3. Get The Embassy Legalization

You have to contact your

destination country’s Embassy in Washington, DC, or contact for their expedited service to obtain the last certification. The Embassy certificate is your final authentication for your Power of Attorney.

If you need your Power of Attorney authenticated quickly, contact California-Apostille by email at:, or by phone at: (323) 977-4900, and the legalizations you need will be completed quickly, effortlessly and for a reasonable price.


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