Do you need to apostille a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for the Philippines?
The Philippines is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention. Documents destined for the Philippines no longer requires the red ribbon or red seal from the Philippines Embassy or Consulate office. The apostille issued by the Secretary of State is sufficient for the special power of attorney to be accepted in the Philippines.
A special power of attorney is a legal document appointing a specific representative (to be called an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on behalf of another person who will be referred to as the principal. The special power of attorney authorizes your agent/attorney in fact to do specific acts and functions for you in the Philippines.
In order to apostille the special power of attorney, it must first be signed and notarized. Please meet with a local notary public before you mail in your documents for processing.
Below is an example of a Special Power of Attorney for the Philippines. You can ask the Philippines Consulate or Embassy for a sample or you can request one to be created for you by a professional in the Philippines (attorney).
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