We only need three things from you to start the expedited Texas apostille last will and testament service process.
First, mail us or drop off your original probated Texas last will and testament documents at our office. The probated last will and testament documents that you submit to us cannot be a photocopy and you can’t fax or email us a copy of your last will and testament to apostille or authenticate.
The Texas Secretary of State will only accept and issue apostille certificates and authentication certificates on original probated Texas last will and testament documents that are physically presented to them not copies.
When we say an “original last will and testament” this means you have an original last will and testament that has already been through the Texas probate court system and signed by a Texas county judge.
Your probated Texas last will and testament must be issued after 1980. If not, you must order a new certified copy of your probated last will and testament from the Texas county of where the Will was probated at because the Texas Secretary of State won’t be able to find that old of probate records in their state database.
If your original probated Texas last will and testament was issued between 1980-1999 you have roughly a 33% chance that it will be rejected by the Texas Secretary of State because they won’t be able to find that old of probate record in their state database.
With that said we’ve successfully apostilled and authenticated many Texas last will and testaments from the 1980’s and 1990’s that the TXSOS found so we’ll happily attempt to file your Texas last will and testament documents that was issued during these years.
But please be aware if the Texas Secretary of State does reject your Texas last will and testament (we will email you a copy and mail you the original rejection letter that the TXSOS issues on all rejected documents) you will have to order a new Texas last will and testament and then pay us our full apostille service fee a second time to reattempt to apostille or authenticate your Texas last will and testament for the second time
Your probated last will and testament cannot be issued from another state or country and it must be issued from the State of Texas.
If your last will and testament was issued from another U.S state other than Texas you can only receive an apostille certification or authentication certification on a U.S last will and testament or any other type of recordable document (birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses or marriage certificates, divorce decrees or divorce certificates) from the state in which the document originated and was issued from.
For example, if the person died and had a last will and testament probated in the State of California but they legally resided in Texas you can only obtain an apostille certificate or authentication certificate on a California probated last will and testament from the California Secretary of State. The exact same scenario applies to all recordable legal documents and the 49 U.S states.
Apostille Texas only apostilles probated last will and testament documents at the state government level for the State of Texas but if the country you’re sending your documents to is not a member nation of the 1961 Hague Convention you will need to go through two more legal document filing steps. We can assist you with these two additional steps even if we don’t obtain the state level authentication certificate for you from a non-Texas state.
The second step is to rush file your probated last will and testament documents at the United States Department of State (USDOS) office in Washington D.C but this step can only be done after you have been issued a state level authentication certificate by one of the fifty state secretary of state offices in the United States.
The third step is to rush file your probated last will and testament documents with the foreign country embassy of where your documents are being submitted to in Washington D.C. This final document legalization step can only be done after you have been issued both a state and federal authentication certification on your U.S probated last will and testament.