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Doing Business Internationally

Are you an American business owner in need of international Apostille services?

The United States has seen a significant increase in the number of businesses seeking to expand their operations into foreign countries. Many states have enacted laws that allow for the legalization of corporate documents for use in other countries. In order for U.S. corporations to do business in foreign countries, their corporate documents must be legalized. Legalization is the process of authenticating a document so that it will be recognized by the authorities in the foreign country.

Common examples of State and Federal business or corporate documents that may require an Apostille include, but are not limited to, Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Good Standing, Power of Attorney, Joint Venture Agreement, Business Letter of Invitation, Certificate of Free Sale, Commercial Invoice, Distributorship Agreement, and Patent.

There are several steps that must be taken to legalize a document. First, the document must be signed by a corporate officer and notarized by a Notary Public. Next, the document must be authenticated by the Secretary of State in the state where the corporation is incorporated. Finally, the document must be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and legalized by the appropriate embassy or consulate office. Once these steps are complete, the document will be recognized as legal in the foreign country and can be used for business purposes.

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