Many official documents such as certificates, court judgments, diplomas and more, require notarization in order to be accepted by government agencies, various authorities abroad, banks, and businesses.
Notary services that we provide typically include the following types of documents:
- Irrevocable Power of Attorney
(required when obtaining a mortgage / Purchasing a property)
- General Power of Attorney
- Certified Translations
- Certified Copies
- Proof of Signature
- Certified Wills
- Certified Pre-Nuptial Agreements
If you have a document which must be submitted to an authority or person outside of Israel, then it will likely require an apostille stamp.
We will handle obtaining an apostille stamp or any other authentication you might need.
What is an Apostille?
An Apostille is a government issued stamp, which enables other countries to recognize and accept official Israeli documents (and vice versa).
Many countries, including Israel, the US, the UK, South Africa, Australia, France and Germany (you can view the entire list here) are members of the Hague Convention known as the “Apostille Convention” – which enables these countries to recognize and accept each other’s official documents by means of an Apostille.
There are two kinds of Apostille stamps, issued by two different authorities:
- An Apostille issued by the Judicial Courts is meant for notarized documents and serves as a confirmation that the Israeli notary who prepared and signed the notarized document is, in fact, a licensed and active notary in Israel, and that the notarization is authentic.
- An Apostille issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is needed for any sort of public document that needs to be submitted outside of Israel (such as vital records, court judgements, marriage and divorce documents, academic documents, etc.). The ONLY place this can be done is in the Consular Dept. of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.
If your documents are needed for a country which is not a signatory on the Apostille Convention (such as Canada), then the process for certifying your document for use outside of Israel is somewhat different and involves two steps – certification by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by certification by the Consular branch in Israel of the country for which the document is intended.
If you are unsure what kind of certification you need, you can contact us and we will help you understand what steps are needed