Announcements

Update: June 02, 2020

Please be informed that we have resumed our notarial services of documents for use in the United States. The estimated processing time will take longer than usual in view of the changes in the appointment system in the Department of Foreign Affairs for the Apostille of documents. Processing time means from the notarization of documents until the issuance of the Apostille by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Please see the FAQs below on the Notarial of U.S. documents for your guidance.

Update: March 31, 2020

Please be informed that we have temporarily suspended our notarial services of documents for use in the United States until further notice. The suspension of these services is due to the COVID19 pandemic. We will let you know when we resume this service.

Kindly check us back from time to time for any updates.

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 Notary and Apostille of Documents for use in the United States

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The U.S. Embassy used to accredit local notaries in the past and during that time Atty. Alexander Llanes Acain Jr. was an accredited U.S. notary until the year 2006. The U.S. Embassy Manila discontinued the accreditation of all local notaries in 2006 due to the changes in international protocols and conventions regarding the authentication, legalization and notarial of documents.

Yes. We can notarize your documents which you can then legally use in the United States. We do not need the approval of the U.S. Embassy anymore to do this. But the documents that we notarized must be Apostilled by the Department of Foreign Affairs following the Hague Apostille Convention.

We have notarized various Affidavits and Undertakings including Conveyance documents like Warranty Deeds; Grant Deeds; Affidavits of True Consideration; Affidavits of Ownership; and Special Power Attorney, all affecting the sale of a real estate property. We have also notarized Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Home Mortgage Documents.

Atty. Alexander Llanes Acain Jr. is also providing notarial services to the Title Guaranty in Guam for the notary of conveyance documents of real estate properties located in Guam when one or some of the parties are located in the Philippines.

No. The legalisation of your document at the US Embassy Manila is not required anymore. But an Apostille which will be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs is essential so your document will be accepted in the United States.

No, there is no need for that anymore. We have to say that notarization of your documents directly at the US Embassy Manila is also your other option. But we can also notarize and have it Apostilled which is also equivalent to having your documents notarized at the US Embassy Manila.

You have to set an appointment and personally appear in our Office. You can set an appointment by sending us an email at gtalaw@gtalawphil.com or SMS at +639175002878. Kindly bring the original documents to be notarized and your Passport or any government-issued Identification.

We will send the original documents to you after we get the Apostille of your documents.  At your option, we can also send, by overnight courier, all the original notarized documents with the Apostille directly to your closing agent in the United States.