The apostille - a special kind of letter and stamp - is the shortest process of legalization. An apostille is not the same as a 'raised seal', these are two separate things.

An apostille can be used if both countries (the country issuing the document and the country in which the document will be used) are part of the international "The Hague Apostille Convention"

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I am a U.S. citizen living and working overseas. Can I have a tax credit on my U.S. taxes for the taxes I pay to the foreign country?

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Apostille Terms

  • Apostille
    a special certificate that is attached to another document being certified. The Apostille makes the
  • Tax Treaty
    an agreement on excluding double taxation, signed by two countries to prevent deduction of the same
  • Withdrawal
    The statutory procedure whereby a foreign corporation obtains the consent of a state to terminate it
  • Legalization of Certified Documents
    Needed for companies (overseas) that are not part of the Hague Convention. Companies in a country th
  • Stock Purchase Agreement
    A stock purchase agreement is an agreement between the shareholders and the corporation. It provides
  • Organizational Meetings
    Meetings of incorporators or initial directors that are held after the filing of the articles of inc

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Notarization is a formality often required for documents which are to be used overseas, or for certifying document copies. Once a document has been notarized by a Notary Public, and if it is to be used overseas, it may need to be apostilled. This means that the Notary's signature and seal are certified by the Government. The Government will then attach an apostille to the document. Once a document has been notarized and apostilled, it then may need to be authenticated by the Consulate of the country in which it will be used, if the country is not party to the Hague Convention.


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