Agnieszka Piasecka, Esq., Polish speaking attorney and notary public 727-538-4171
Agnieszka Piasecka is a Polish-speaking attorney in Poland and the State of Florida. She can assist you with preparation of Polish Legal Documents, Apostille Certifications, Certified Translations. Agnieszka Piasecka can help you obtain Apostille for Poland, including Apostille for Power of Attorney for Poland, Apostille for Disclaimer of Inheritance for Poland, Apostille and Online Notary Services for other documents, and translation of legal documents for immigration and court use.
APOSTILLE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is an apostille clause?
Apostille is an international clause / seal commonly used in countries that are party to the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The purpose of this clause is to authenticate official or notarized signatures and to confirm the authenticity of official documents. A document with an apostille clause may be submitted to the competent authorities, offices and institutions of another country without the need for additional legalization.
What documents require apostille certification?
In general, all official and court documents and notarial documents that are to be used in another country that is party to the Hague Convention are subject to the apostille clause.
Who can issue an Apostille?
State-issued documents can be authenticated by the competent authority in the state where the document was executed. Federally-issued documents may need to be authenticated with an apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State. Apostille in Florida is issued by the Florida Department of State.
How long does it take to process the apostille clause?
Apostille can be obtained on the same day if you apply for it in person (or through a third party) at the appropriate office. You can also order apostille by mail and processing times vary from state to state.
Can I get an apostille for a copy of a document?
No. The apostille clause is only issued for original documents or officially certified / authenticated copies of legal documents.
Is there a fee?
Yes. Apostille fees vary from state to state.
Are all countries members of the 1961 Hague Convention?
No. So far, 115 countries have joined the convention, including Poland (since 2004) and the United States (since 1980).
What if a country is not party to the Hague Convention?
Apostille does not apply to countries, which are not party to the Hague Convention. Therefore, it may be necessary to carry out additional legalization in the country of origin of the document or in a consulate of the country where the document is to be used.