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Businesses of all sizes can expand their markets by operating abroad. But to do so, your documents need either Apostille or “gold seal” authentication. CT can put all the pieces together for you.
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To conduct transactions overseas, such as opening a foreign bank account, a U.S. business must present an Apostillized copy of its Articles of Incorporation (or Articles of Organization). However, some countries require not an Apostille, but a certified copy bearing a special gold seal instead.
The purpose of legalization is to verify the origin of a legal or public document in order to legally use it in a country other than the one that issued it. The process involves obtaining a series of authentications by individual officials of both the country where the document was issued, and the embassy or consulate of the country where the document will be used. There are only two paths to accomplish this—Authentication and Apostille.
Countries participating in the Hague Convention of 1961 require an Apostilled copy of your formation documents to open a bank account or engage in other business transactions. Apostilled documents are recognized without the need for additional certification or legalization by the embassy or consulate of the foreign country.