The Foreign Embassy Legalization Service is required when sending legal documents to a country that does not recognize The Hague Apostille Treaty. In such cases, your legal documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, university documents, property documents) require a more rigorous process of authentication certification. Our law firm performs searches on your behalf, obtains the papers, translates them and coordinates with foreign embassies to ensure proper vetting. Fees are, of course, associated with the certification process and the necessary translations. The foreign embassy in Portugal that you will need to contact is listed here. As is the case with the apostille, authentication certification requires the original documents. Though this process is more involved, the turnaround time is still approximately one week. We use a courier service with tracking capability so we can be sure that your important documents are not lost.
Clara Silva Costs Lawyers is able to perform searches, obtain your documents, translate them and manage the legalization with relevant embassy/ies.
There is a fee for the embassy dependent on which one you need additional fees are charged for the foreign affairs. Translations are charged per word or page.
A list of embassies within Portugal and current contacts is available here.
Original document are needed in order for the task to be performed. If you don't have a copy of the document you need, we will need the best possible references you can get. For example on a birth certificate, we will need the full name of the newborn, parents, place of birth and date of birth.
The turnaround time is approximately one week.
We used a courier service with tracking capability so we can be sure your important documents are not lost.
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