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Apostille, legalisation of documents

Prud’homme & Baum offers you the services of its experts to legalise your documents for official institutions. Some documents must be validated by the French State, a consulate or embassy in order to be accepted by the authorities.

Documents certified by our notaries

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rud’homme & Baum has a department specialised in apostilles and legalising signatures and documents. We carry out all the procedures required to certify their veracity and to allow them to be used in France and abroad.

Notaries, who are authorised to certify documents, are tasked with this role. They are one of the legal professions authorised to certify documents and apply the seal of the French State.

Legalising signatures is a formality that must be accomplished to certify the veracity of a signature and the capacity of the signatory of a document. Certification is used to ensure the acknowledgement of a person’s signature and to certify that the signature is that of the person to whom it is attributed.

What do "apostille" and the "legalisation of a signature" mean?

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n “apostille” is the term used for the certification of documents issued by or certified by a French authority and intended for use abroad. Conversely, it can also apply to documents certified by foreign authorities for use in France. It may be legal or notarised instruments, qualifications or certificates from public examinations, civil status documents or legalised contracts,

The legalisation of a signature confirms that the signature on an instrument is authentic and the capacity of the signatory is as indicated on the document.  This act can also confirm the veracity of a seal or stamp on a document. Foreign authorities sometimes require that documents issued in France be legalised.

Prud’homme & Baum, notaries in a Partnership, Paris,
advises and guides you every step of the way.