German Law/Apostille


My husband is a resident of Germany. I his wife, am American. We are in the states and my husband is injured and hospitalized. I need his daughter in Germany to be his power of attorney. I have a legal power of attorney letter written and notarized. My husband has signed. Do I need an Apostille attached to this notarized letter?

Dear Kathy,

Normally a power of attorney doesn't need a Apostille in Germany to be effective. But your daughter will probably have problems with a power of attorney if it is only written in English.

I would be glad to write a power of attorney/Vollmacht for you in German and English for your husband to sign. You can contact me at

The other solution would be to ad a certified translation.

Carolin Schulz-Burgess
German Attorney at Law/Foreign Legal Consultant

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Carolin Schulz-Burgess


German legal issues on inheritance, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, last wills and testaments, and other problems involving international family and civil law.


I am a certified German laywer with professional experience in both German and American law firms. Since 2001 I have been working independently at my firm, German Legal Services. I have represented hundreds of clients on matters involving US-German legal issues. One of my firm's areas of specialization is in divorce and child support and custody issues between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and German civilians.

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I received my undergraduate and JD degrees both from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, whose law school is consistently ranked in the top 10 in Germany.

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