Legal documents may need to be notarised for them to be considered legal in foreign countries. The term ‘Legalisation’ refers to the process of authentication conducted by the Foreign Office, embassy or consulate, during which authorities check whether the Notary’s signature is genuine.
The specific requirements for Legalisation vary from country to country. In some cases, foreign authorities may also perform checks to ensure the signature matches the one held in their records. Documents that are considered satisfactory are attached with a certificate known as an ‘Apostille’, confirming their authenticity.