California Approved Digital Signature Certification Authorities

In another post we introduced the topic of digital signatures by talking about secure websites. We mentioned that web browsers include built-in lists of trusted certificate providers to increase security. That doesn’t mean that certificates issued by other providers are not as secure. All it means is that a reliable third party somehow validated the…

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What is a Digital Signature?

A digital signature is a type of electronic signature, but not all electronic signatures are digital ones. Digital signatures use cryptography to verify their authenticity. Cryptography is a pretty complex topic in the information technology world and there are entire courses and even degree programs dedicated to the topic. Since this isn’t an information technology…

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Common Uses for Apostilles and Certifications

After reading our most recent blog posts you might be asking which types of documents usually require apostilles or certifications. The most common ones are in the list below. Business documents articles of incorporation certificates of good standing bylaws Adoption paperwork home studies letters of reference birth certificates marriage certificates Foreign study or education documents diplomas…

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Authentication

You might perform a notarization on a document that is meant to be used outside of the United States. It is important to remember that these documents require authentication by the Secretary of State. The purpose of the authentication is to verify the signature(s) of the public official(s) on the document. Remember that you have…

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No Legal Advice

A notary public is not a licensed attorney, is not authorized to practice law, and is not allowed to give any legal advice. That is, of course, unless the notary public also happens to be an attorney. This includes advising clients of the contents of the document. Notary publics are responsible for authenticating signatures or…

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