The term “apostille” refers to a document that has been certified by the Secretary of State. The Hague Apostille Convention requires that the Apostille be affixed to your original document in order for it to be accepted in one of the nations that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.
Many countries banded together in 1961 to develop a streamlined way of “legalizing” papers for global acceptance. Members of the Hague Conference, often known as the Hague Convention, agreed to create an Apostille document that would be accepted by all member countries.
The United States has been a signatory to the 1961 Hague Convention removing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents since October 15, 1981. The Apostille Convention simplifies the certification of public (including notarized) documents for use in nations that have ratified it. Documents intended for usage in participating nations and territories should be certified by one of the officials in the jurisdiction where they were signed.
An attest service, also known as an attestation service, is an independent evaluation of a company’s financial statements by a certified public accountant (CPA). The CPA offers an attestation report with judgments about the data’s reliability.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a professional services organization, develops and publishes attestation service standards (AICPA). The standards have been modified in recent years to reflect a broader range of attest services that are not tied to financial reports. A corporation might, for example, request an attest service for its consumer privacy statement.
- An attestation is a legal declaration made by a witness that a legal document was correctly signed in his or her presence. It basically verifies the validity of a document. Documents are attestation by a notary public.
- In finance, an attestation service is a CPA’s declaration that the data are valid and reliable. Because the service is provided by an independent party, the financial information generated by internal accountants is validated.
What are the types of attestation services?
The majority of individuals are familiar with audits, which are a sort of attest service. However, there are many other types of attest services, such as financial statement reviews, assessments of projected financial information, engagements conducted in accordance with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)1, and compilations in some states.
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