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.