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5) Are foreign public documents valid in Spain?

Foreign public documents need to be “validated” to assert their unique evidential value.

This makes sense, given that neither civil servants nor lawyers know the public documents in every single country of the world. The Spanish lawyers know the public documents of Spain, but not those of Thailand, UK or Colombia.

In Spain, there are many cities with a high percentage of foreigners (for instance, Marbella, Barcelona, or Madrid).

When dealing with international issues, it is common that for all types of legal matters, our lawyers need to use foreign public documents.

The solution is to certify the documents with the “The Hague apostille.” In case of countries which are non-signatories to the Convention, to legalize the document.

Our lawyers can advise you on what is required in your country (apostille or legalization of the document).


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Disclaimer: This article is not concrete advice, for up to date legal advice which is relevant for your case please contact our lawyers.