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How to Apostille or Authenticate a Will?

Updated: Mar 1

In many cases, you may need to provide a will to other countries outside the United States to handle matters involving real estate or inheritance rights. Documents issued from the U.S. will not be directly recognized by foreign governments or agencies, the apostille or authentication process must be completed first before being presented to the receiving party abroad.


How to get a will notarized?


To apostille or authenticate a will, the first step is to draft a will and get it notarized by a local notary near you. Here are 10 ways for you to find a notary.


Anyone of legal age (18 years old in most states) and with a sound mind can make a will. Click here for detailed steps for notarizing a will.


How to Apostille or Authenticate a will?


After obtaining a notarized will, depending on whether the destination country is a member of the Hague Convention of 1961, complete the following steps:


1. Order the service that suits your situation.


If the destination country is a member country/region (such as Germany, Spain, France, etc.):

  • Get an Apostille from the Secretary of State.


If the destination country is NOT a member country/region :

  • Get an Authentication from the Secretary of State.

  • Get an Authentication from the U.S. Department of State. (if required)

  • Get a Legalization from the Embassy.


2. Mail the following documents to our office.


The checklist below may vary by the destination country. Be sure to contact us for confirmation.

​Document

​Notes

  1. Original notarized will

​It should be properly notarized. This document must be original. Photocopies, scanned or digital copies are not accepted.

​2. Embassy's request or application form

​We'll fill out this form based on the information you provided to us.

​3. Photocopy of Applicant's ID

​Acceptable IDs usually refer to Passport, Driver's License, Travel Documents, Green Card, etc.

​4. Other documents (if applicable)

Mailing Address:

American Notary Service Center
7512 Diplomat Drive, Suite 101,
Manassas, VA 20109

Once we receive your order and document, it'll be processed as soon as possible.


Besides wills, we also provide apostille, authentication, and embassy legalization services for other personal documents and corporate documents issued in 50 states and DC.


⬇️ Other personal and business documents we provide apostille and authentication services for are:


Personal Documents:

Business Documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization

  • Amendment

  • Company's Annual report (Statement of information)

  • Bylaws (Operating Agreements)

  • Good Standing Certificate

  • Business License

  • Meeting Minutes

  • Board Resolutions

  • Shareholders' Resolutions

  • Corporate Stock Ledger

  • Financial documents

  • Bank documents

  • Tax documents

  • Contracts


 

American Notary Service Center Inc. provides fair, fast, confidential, and professional document notarization and certification services for our clients. We also provide various assistance services to small businesses led by socially and economically disadvantaged groups. Our service helps small businesses obtain federal government contracts, gain a foothold in the market, and boost their sales. For more information, please visit our website at www.usnotarycenter.com, and contact us by calling 202-599-0777 or by email at info@usnotarycenter.com.

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