Do you need to apostille a Will or a Trust?
At USA Apostille, Inc., we take the guesswork out of obtaining an apostille on Will and/or Trust documents.
We can apostille documents signed and notarized in all 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Government (Notarized at a USA Embassy and for another country). For countries who are non-members of the Hague Apostille Convention, we can also process your documents through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and the Embassy or Consulate office.
How to apostille a Will or Trust? In order to apostille a Will or Trust, they either need to be signed and notarized, copy certified with a notary public (Example: Attorney certifies the copy is a true copy of the original), or filed with the Court whereas a Court certified copy can be produced. A Court certified copy must have the name and signature of the Clerk of the Court/Deputy Clerk, and the seal/stamp of the Court. In certain situations, the seal is embossed and/or color stamped.
A Will is typically not notarized. If you need to apostille a Will and it’s not notarized, you can make a copy of the original Will and certify it with a notary public. For example, you can make a copy of the Will and write a cover letter stating that the attached Will is a true copy of the original. The cover letter which is basically a sworn statement is signed and notarized. You can also ask an attorney to certify it with a signed and notarized cover letter. The third option is to obtain a certified copy from the Court assuming the copy was filed with the Court.
Trust documents are typically signed and notarized. You can mail in the original signed and notarized documents or have the attorney certify them with a signed and notarized cover letter. You can also obtain a certified copy from the Court assuming the copy was filed with the Court.
Please note the information is based off of our experience obtaining an apostille on a Will or Trust documents. Please double check with the requesting country on what is required to avoid delays or additional costs.
Obtaining an apostille on a Will or Trust can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!
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