How to legalize a Power of Attorney at the Consulate of Spain in Toronto
One of the most common procedures that Canadians require at the Consulate of Spain in Toronto is to have a Power of Attorney legalized for use in Spain.
The Spanish Consulate requires that all notarized documents be sent to Global Affairs Canada (formerly, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada), where the notary’s seal and signature will be authenticated and then, this authenticated document is taken to the Spanish consulate for its legalization.
Global Affairs Canada requires that all documents that are not in English or French must be accompanied by a certified/notarized translation for them to be able to authenticate the document. Even if your document is already in Spanish and English, Global Affairs won’t accept it unless an official translation is provided.
We are familiar with the requirement and can assist you with an official translation that would be accepted by Global Affairs. Our translations are prepared in a double column as it is used in Spain.
If the authentication at Global Affairs Canada is done by mail, the procedure can take 10 days. One can personally make a trip to Ottawa and get the procedure done the same day.
However, if a person doesn’t have the time, resources or inclination to do this, there are agencies that can take care of this for you.
Whiteside Translations and Legalizations offers this service so as to potentially save you the time and frustration of doing it yourself. Check out the legalization section of our page. We have the experience and the know-how of the requirements for Spanish translations and document legalizations to be accepted by the Spanish Consulate.
We don’t prepare the Power of Attorney, we just translate it and certify the translation. We don’t certify other translator’s work, we can only certify our own. Our fee ranges from $250 – $400 for the certified translation of a standard POA.
- Sign and notarize the POA in English (in a 2 column document)
- Once it has been signed send us a copy for the official translation, which complies with the requirements from the Consulate of Spain
- Send the English and Spanish version to Global Affairs for authentication
- Once both documents have been authenticated, you can take them to the consulate or embassy of Spain for the legalization
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