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I have been asked for an apostille, what is it exactly?

I have been asked for an apostille, what is it exactly?

I have been asked for an apostille, what is it exactly?

Many are the clients who approach us asking for help and assistance with this stamp called the apostille.
An apostille is a legal stamp that is affixed by the Legalisation Office at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office so that a document can be used abroad.
The actual process of issuing an apostille to a document is called legalising as indeed the document is legalised by the Government who confirm that a UK public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine.

The International Treaty of the Hague or Apostille Convention allows its signatory countries to certify a document issued in that country to be used for legal purposes in any other signatory states.

Documents that can be legalised with an apostille include Birth certificates, Death certificates, Marriage certificates, Court Orders, Grants of Probate, Letters of administration etc, together with any other documents that might not have a Public seal or stamp but that had been certified by a UK Notary or a Solicitor. The Notary or Solicitor will certify the document as a true copy of the original whilst the Legalisation Office at the Foreign and Common Wealth Office will confirm that the signature of the Notary/Solicitor is genuine affixing the apostille stamp.

We will be delighted to assist you should you require assistance with the legalisation of a document to be used abroad and our Spanish property lawyer will be able to advise you further.

Contact our Spanish lawyer for an initial free consultation and to see how we can be of assistance on 07400 914 407, by email: or request a call back for an initial free conversation.

I am a dual-qualified and bilingual solicitor and Spanish lawyer who also holds a Master Degree in International Law. She advises clients on cross-border matters, specialising in legal issues related to Spanish property transactions including property purchases and sales in Spain, transfers of Spanish property on divorce, and Spanish probate matters. I also provide Spanish inheritance and succession advice and has experience in drafting and dealing with Spanish wills and bilingual powers of attorney, affidavits and certificates of law.I regularly present seminars on the topic of Spanish property law and has had articles published by various overseas property publications.


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