What are legalized documents?

Legalization is the process of authenticating or certifying a legal document so a foreign country’s legal system will recognize it as with full legal effect. The legalization has to be done by a civil notary. The notary will have to verify your identity for authenticating the signature.

Take for example John who lives in Norway but wishes to start a BV in the Netherlands. John will have to go to a notary in the Netherlands to give the notary the power to incorporate the BV (power of attorney for incorporation). This document has to be legalized with an authorization certificate. Therefore the notary must verify John’s identity. Normally this will be done at our office in Amsterdam. But if John is not able to come to the Netherlands, it is also possible for him to go to a notary in Norway. In that case the notary in the Netherlands will draft a power of attorney for incorporation and send it to John. John will then have to go to a notary in Norway and ‘legalize’ the document. It is basically a stamp on the document which shows that John really is the person who signed the document.

Related Questions

The founders or the first directors are jointly and severaly liable for potential damage arising from transactions made during the process of incorporation. When is a BV a company in the process of incorporation?
How much time the entire incorporation procedure will take, depends on various factors. Which factors?
What information and documentation is minimum required for setting up a BV in the Netherlands?
Which three steps have to be taken to start a BV in the Netherlands?
Do you already have a company adress or correspondence adress in the Netherlands? If not, what can we do for you?
How much is it likely to cost to incorporate a BV in the Netherlands? And what do you get for that quote?
To be able to start your business in the Netherlands, in many cases you will need specific licenses and permits. Which permits and/or licenses do you need?
In the Netherlands you cannot choose any name you like as a business name. What are the requirements and restrictions?
Once you have chosen to start a BV in the Netherlands, you will have to know how to do so. We will show you step-by-step how to start a BV.