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Document authentication or legalisation describes the recognition of foreign documents so that they can be used for processing formal applications in a different country. A document can be authenticated in different ways.
With most countries, the highest level of authentication is the so-called apostille. As for international agreements (such as The Hague Convention), the purpose of an apostille is to internationally confirm that the relevant documents are true and were issued by an existing authority. As a consequence of this confirmation, these documents (e.g., birth certificates or court orders) can be recognized in foreign countries.
Our legal team can assist you in collecting the required apostille certification for your documents. Contact us for more information.
Sometimes, life brings exceptional situations. For example, some countries do not recognise nor have a procedure for divorce (e.g., the Philippines). These countries do not provide the required documents to get the divorce processed in a country that does recognise divorce (e.g., Germany).
However, in many of these cases, special solutions can be found; for example, a German court can issue a certificate of non-impediment to marriage (Ehefähigkeitszeugnis).
All of these cases need very special treatment and a deep knowledge of the relevant international and Germany laws. Our firm is happy to assist you with finding solutions for exceptional cases.
Contact us for assistance in the document authentication and legalisation process. Related services include marriage contracts and family law.