Croatia – Notarising your documents and stamping with an apostille

CroatiaAs a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we regularly assist people who have property, business or legal matters in Croatia. If you live in Sydney but you need to sign documents for Croatia, then it is likely you will need to have your signature witnessed by a notary public and your documents notarised.

For example, if you want to appoint someone to act on your behalf in Croatia, you will need to sign a document (often titled autorizacija, punomoć, ovlašćenje, or opunomoćenje) that legally empowers that person to handle your legal affairs in Croatia.

On the other hand, if you need to send certified copies of Australian documents to Croatia (ie, education documents, birth certificates / krštenica, marriage certificates / vjenčanica or death certificates / smrtovnica etc) then it is likely that you will need to have those documents certified and notarised by a notary public.

In both cases, after your documents for Croatia have been notarised, you need to arrange for the notarised documents to be stamped with an apostille. As a signatory to the Apostille Convention, Croatia will recognise documents stamped with an apostille. The apostille can only be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Australia. We process a high volume of notarised documents with DFAT and DFAT retain a copy of our signature and seal to aid in the verification process necessary for them to issue an apostille on documents notarised by us.

We often help people with both requirements (notarisation and apostille). The cost of having your document notarised and stamped with an apostille depends on the nature and number of documents, including whether you need or prefer to have your documents bound.

Assisting clients with legal documents to Croatia

One of the biggest challenges of living in Australia but trying to manage your property, business or legal matters in Croatia is in obtaining the right legal advice and representation in Croatia. Fortunately, aside from our notary public services, we work closely with a practising Croatian lawyer based in Sydney. This means that we can also assist you with your property, business or legal matters in Croatia if you need legal advice or representation. Please contact us for further information regarding legal advice and representation in Croatia.

Consulate-General of the Republic of Croatia

If you retain your Croatian citizenship, you could also make further enquiries with the Croatian consulate in Sydney (telephone: (02) 9299 8899) for assistance – however, regardless of any advice that you receive in Australia, you should always check with your lawyer in Croatia (or with our Croatian lawyer).

EDIT: Although we no longer offer assistance with Croatian legal services, we can still provide notary public services for documents going to Croatia.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public

Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.