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.
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
|Fees||Regular 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 hours||Monday -Friday|
8:00 am-4:30pm PST.
|Walk-In Address||Sacramento Main Office|
1500 11th Street, 2nd and 3rd Floors
Sacramento, CA 95814
300 South Spring Street, Room 12513
Los Angeles, CA 90013
|Mailing Address||California Secretary of State-Sacramento Main Office|
Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277–0001
|Telephone||Los Angeles office: (213) 897-3062|
Sacramento Main Office: (916) 657-5448 Ex: 2
– (916) 653–3595
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 Address||Office of Authentications|
U.S. Department of State
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
|Mailing Address||Office of Authentications|
U.S. Department of State
44132 Mercure CIR PO BOX 1206 Sterling, VA 20166 1206
|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 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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Call +1 (323) 977-4900 to legalize power of Attorney timely and effectively.