Legalisation is defined as the formality by which the diplomatic or consular agents of the country in which a document is to be produced certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which it bears. In short, the agents will need to confirm that my signature and seal are genuine before the document can take full legal effect in the country in question.
Sometimes a notarial act will need to be legalised before it can have legal effect abroad depending on the country in which the document is to be used.
Most European countries require the document to be presented at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for an apostille. The apostille is a certificate that confirms that I am duly authorised to notarise the document for the country in which it will be used.
In some cases, we can assist with arranging the apostille by lodging the application with a Legalisation Agent based in London who can usually turn the apostille around quicker than if you were to send it to the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office yourself. At this moment, the Foreign Office is undergoing some changes in relation to the pricing structure following the closure of their office in London and we will update when we are clear as to what the revised pricing and offering will be.