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Authentication of Documents in Canada

LSC Canada: One-Stop Solution for your Attestation Needs

Paperwork can be daunting and we get that. Unfortunately, when you need documents from one country to use in another, there is even more administration involved. Not only do these documents often need to be notarized, they also need to be attested to ensure that they are legally admissible in the intended country of use. For anyone who hasn’t gone through the process before, attestation or authentication and legalization (what does that even mean?) can seem like a headache. From ordering the right document to having them reach their final destination, there is just so much involved! Not to mention the trip to Ottawa for legalization that you probably didn’t have in your travel plans.

So what do you do? We recommend getting in touch with Legalization Service Centre Canada (LSC Canada). Not just because we’re the best in the industry, but because we take all of your attestation stress away. And when we say all, we mean from A to Z. Here’s how.

1. Getting your documents together

You know what document you need, but do you know where to order it from? What about which version is right? For example, if you need a birth certificate attested, you may not be aware that the long form can save you a lot of headache down the road. In fact, most times the short version won’t even be accepted. Moreover, often there are documents you need along with the basic ones that you may not even be aware of. For example, if you need a divorce certificate attested to clear you for a marriage abroad, it may be a good idea to include your marriage certificate to that person as well. There are many examples like these where people often have to repeat the process simply because they forgot to include a document the first time around.

When you go through us, we know what the end goal is because we’ve done the job plenty of times. We’ll know not just how to efficiently complete attestation of the document of your interest, but will also advise on everything else you may need.

2. We take care of all of the applications and travel

Did you know that the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and most embassy offices are located in Ottawa? That’s why our head office is also situated in the heart of Ottawa, just minutes away from all of these key points that you’ll need to touch. If you aren’t in Ottawa, that doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? Traveling to Ottawa for the purpose of attestation of your documents isn’t a great use of your time. But it is a very good use of ours! Once you transfer all of your required documents to us, we’ll fill out the necessary applications and submit everything on your behalf. They will first go to Global Affairs Canada for authentication and then to the appropriate embassy for legalization. No matter how many times these offices need to be visited for your paperwork, we’ll make the necessary trips.

3. Document transfers and mailing

Once all of your documents are fully authenticated and legalized, we package them up and courier them to your requested address. In many instances, this means that you don’t even have to worry about mailing in the documents to their final destination. Our mails are sent through secured channels so that you can track them until they reach their destination.

Moreover, there are perks to using LSC as your service provider that you wouldn’t enjoy otherwise. For example, did you also know that now it takes 10 business day or more for GAC  to complete your authentication? We can help expedite this process as long as you have proof of your deadline!

Still not sure what to do? Don’t fret, we know that the process can appear complicated. We are always here to help you with your attestation needs. If you have any questions, give us a call and we’ll go over more details. At LSC Canada, we are happy to help you with your attestation needs at every step of the way. Even if that means just having a reassuring and informative conversation!

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Attestation of a Power of Attorney for Israel

One of the greatest hurdles of this pandemic has been the limitations placed on international travel. Travel outside of Canada has been challenging, and this difficulty applies to travel to Israel as well. This has caused a great deal of concern for many. For one thing, those with businesses or legal/financial matters in Israel have found it difficult to carry on their duties from afar. But what do you do for matters that cannot wait for your presence there? One optimal solution may be to sign an Israel Power of Attorney.

A Power of Attorney (POA) during these difficult times can be a game changing tool. Through a POA, you can assign a trusted and capable adult over the age of 18 to carry on legal matters regarding your finances or property in Israel. Acting on your best interest, this “attorney” would be able to make decisions on your behalf, sign legal documents, and perform other tasks as you prescribe. So now that you’ve decided to authorize an individual as your attorney, what do you do next?

Step 1: Draft the Israel Power of Attorney

Since this is a legally binding document offering significant control to another person on your personal matters or property, it’s important to draft this document carefully. You may wish to consult a legal professional and have them draft out your POA. Alternatively, there are pre-made forms that you can fill out for the type of POA of relevance to you. These forms are readily available on different websites and platforms online.

Step 2: Notarization and Witnessed Signing 

Because of the sensitive nature of an Israel Power of Attorney, it is important that other people are witness to you granting power to your attorney. For this reason, you will need to sign your document (also known as “swearing it”) in the presence of two witnesses and a notary public. Usually this step would happen in a notary public’s office, however, due to the pandemic, many of these institutions are providing this service via video conference calls online. Check your province for available services that will allow you to do this. Otherwise, see if you can safely visit a local legal advisory or notary public to complete the witnessed signing.

Keep in mind, your witnesses must not be a spouse, child, or anyone you consider as a child. They must be over the age of 18 and must be capable of understanding the gravity of the document.

Step 3: Contact Legalization Service Centre for Authentication and Legalization

Since your Power of Attorney will be used in Israel, it is necessary to have the document authenticated and legalized. Otherwise, your POA will not be valid in Israel. While you may complete these processes on your own, this approach can prove to be time and money-consuming. For one thing, authentication happens at Global Affairs Canada, whose office is located in Ottawa. From the time of submission, it may take up to 20 days for GAC to review and authenticate your document. Alternatively, when we process and submit to them, your documents can be authenticated within one business day. Since we are an established service provider and have been in practice for many years, our networks within GAC allow us to bypass the wait-time. Moreover, forms submitted by us are skillfully reviewed to omit errors and omissions which could otherwise make your process longer and more expensive.

At Legalization Service Centre, our agents also keep track of changes and requirement updates at individual embassies. This means that we always have the most current and accurate information regarding the Israel embassy’s legalization process for POAs.

Step 4: Send your Israel Power of Attorney to its Final Destination

Once your document has been properly prepared, authenticated, and legalized, it is now ready to be sent to your chosen attorney so they may act on your behalf! When you choose Legalization Service Centre to complete your document authentication and legalization, we ensure that your final document reaches safely to its destination. All you do is provide the correct address for delivery.

 

At Legalization Service Centre, we understand the challenges faced by all Canadians during these testing times. We know how frustrating it must be to not be able to be present in Israel for important work. While many of these challenges are beyond our scope, we do hope to help where we can. Call us today with any questions you may have, even if you aren’t quite ready to start the process yet. We are happy to chat and are always at your attestation service!

 

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