The apostille, in terms of signature certification, is the formality which consists of affixing a stamp called an apostille to the act. This formality certifies the origin of the signature affixed by the notary but does not confirm the content of the deed.
Legalization is the formality by which the veracity of a signature established by a competent authority is attested, the quality in which the signatory acted and, when applicable, the identity of the seal or stamp with which this act is taken on.
Etude 352 can, at the request of a client, call on its usual courier to go to the Paris Court of Appeal and obtain the apostille.
With regard to legalization, the document must necessarily be written in French or, failing that, accompanied by a translation into French carried out by a sworn translator with the Paris Court of Appeal. This being said, the firm’s courier may also travel, at the client’s request, to carry out the legalization formality.
The cost of a signature certification, with or without apostille/legalization, is indicated to the customer after sending the document which needs to be signed and the country that requires the signature certification.