Notarized Translations and Certifications

Simon M. Jackson – Notary, Legal & Translation Services specializes in general and notarial translations. With over 15 years experience in the field of translations (for testimonials/references, click here), Simon M. Jackson is also a certified translator for the British and Canadian Embassies in Israel. The importance of having an accurate translation cannot be overstated. Any error in the translation can cost the client in valuable time and the expenses of having to redo an incorrectly translated document. The provision of … Continued

Notarial Certification of True Copies of Documents

Certification of a true copy is a certificate approving that a copy of a document is true and identical to the original document. Such certification may be issued by an Israeli advocate or by a licensed Israeli notary, depending on the client’s requirements and purposes. For example, certification by a notary will often be required in order to certify true copies of parents’ passports when applying for a passport for their child. The confirmation is given for every kind of … Continued

Notarized Life Certificates

A notarized life certificate is a certificate confirming that a specific person is alive. Compensation payments from Germany, for example, require the presentation of a notarized life certificate, confirming that the beneficiary is alive. An individual living outside of Israeland who benefits from payments from the Israeli government or other Israeli agencies, such as the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), pension funds, etc., is sometimes required to show proof of life by obtaining a Life Certificate from the Israeli Consulate … Continued

Notarial Authentication (Witnessing) of Signatures

Signature verification/certification/authentication on a document by a notary is mandated by Israeli law in a number of situations. These include: An irrevocable power of attorney in favor of a mortgage bank, empowering the bank to register the property to be mortgaged in the borrower’s name, and later also to register the mortgage, in the event that the borrower fails to perform these activities. This enables the bank to guarantee the payment of the mortgage. An irrevocable power of attorney in … Continued

Drafting and Notarization of Wills and Testaments

The advantage of signing a will before a notary is two-fold: the testator may state his will orally or in writing in the notary’s presence, without the need for any additional witnesses; a notarial will has stronger weight than other types of wills under Israeli law (it is akin to a will signed before a judge), thus eliminating the potential for any future claims of fraudulent signature by the testator which might result in the will’s disqualification.

Drafting and Notarization of Affidavits

Generally speaking, an affidavit does not require signing before a notary (signing before an ordinary Israeli attorney often suffices). Where the authorities do require the provision of a notarized affidavit, attendance in person at the notary’s office is required, because the notary is required by law to confirm the client’s identification before signing the affidavit. The notary can also draft the wording of the affidavit on the client’s behalf (in simple cases, this can even be prepared in advance of … Continued


Apostille is a French word meaning certification. An apostille certificate is an internationally recognized authentication, under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention, confirming the authenticity of an official document, such as: birth certificates marriage certificates death certificates matriculation certificates certificates of incorporation of a company A document which bears an apostille certification of a country that is a party to the convention will be recognized by all the other countries that are party to the Hague Convention as an … Continued