A power of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal, grantor, or donor (of the power). The one authorized to act is the agent, attorney-in-fact, or delegate. An apostille is a certificatethat proves the authenticity of adocument's signatures and seals.
There are many reasons why you might need to have a power of attorney apostilled. For example, if you are going to be doing business in another country, the other country will likely require that your power of attorney be apostilled. Alternatively, if you are going to be living in another country, you may need to have your power of attorney apostilled so that it will be recognized by the other country. To get an apostille in Maryland, you must first contact the office of the Secretary of State for a list of acceptable documents. Once you have gathered the required documents, you must submit them to the Secretary of State's office with a completed application and the appropriate fees. Apostilles can be issued for any official document issued by an institution or organization of any of the Holders of the Convention. Documents typically apostilled include: birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, notarized and official documents, as well as court, university, or work documents.
In order to get an apostille for A power of attorney in Maryland, there are requirements that must be met.
The first step is to get the document notarized. The notary will verify the identity of the signer and witnesses and then affix their official seal to the document.
Next, the document must be sent to the Maryland Secretary of State’s office with a certified copy of the notary’s commission and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The office will then apostille the document and return it to the sender.
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