selling real estate: Legalising Your Documents For Buying Or Selling Property Overseas


With the development of today’s travel more and more people are considering buying property abroad for holiday homes, retirement or to live there. The idea of purchasing property abroad has become increasingly popular as it is now easier and cheaper to travel around the world.

If you have found your dream holiday or retirement home abroad you may require a number of documents to help with the process of buying a house abroad. Due to the fact that your are buying property in a foreign country the UK issued documents which you may need to complete the process may not be recognised and accepted. A simple and easy way to ensure these documents can be recognised in a foreign country is to have them issued with an apostille.

An apostille can be added to many documents which will allow them to be used in foreign countries. An apostille is a certificate which is attached to a document to verify its nature. Once the apostille certificate has been fixed to the document it will be recognised in any country which is a member of the hague convention and will need no further legalisation.

There are a number of documents which you may apostille legalisation for when buying property overseas. These documents may include:

Power of attourney.

Birth certificate.

Certified copy of your passport.

Adoption certificate.

Apostille legalisation may also be needed if a person who has property

overseas has died. There may be a number of documents which require an apostille when dealing with their property which can include:

Death certificate.

Last will and testimony.


This is just a small sample of the documents which may require apostille legalisation when buying or selling property overseas.

If you are looking to buy property overseas you should verify with the organisation who are assisting in the purchase which documents you may need and if they will require apostille legalisation before you start the process. Once you are certain which documents require apostille legalisation you may wish to contact an apostille service provider who can legalise your documents for you and prevent the stress of the legalisation process.

Added: by Utopia Realty
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