CP wrote: Bo, have you contacted the Bulgarian Embassy since 1999?
Yes, I have.
CP wrote: They are doing it nowadays and the documents they attest are 100% applicable in Bulgaria. The thing is, that they will attest a signature of foreign citizens (not Bulgarian) only if the document will have an action in Bulgaria (Article 84 of the Bulgarian Law on Notaries and Notarial Activities).
Yes, so no legalisation there, right? LEGALISATION as per the definition of the term applies to public documents issued
on the territory of a country, party to the Hague Convention, to be used on the territory of another
country party to the Hague Convention? Or am I on the wrong thread???
CP wrote: The same article describes the function of Consuls as notaries, what they can do and what they cannot do.
Български дипломатически и консулски представителиЧл. 84.
(Доп. - ДВ, бр. 18 от 2003
г.) Българските дипломатически и консулски представители в чужбина могат да удостоверяват датата, съдържанието и подписите на частни документи, които не подлежат на вписване
, верността на преписи и извлечения от документи, представени от български граждани, и да съставят нотариални завещания на български граждани. Подписите на чужди граждани се заверяват само ако документът е предназначен да произведе действието си в Република България.
If you don't understand Bulgarian and/or the implications of private documents NOT
subject to conveyance/registration/inscription (call it whatever), to which group company formation papers do not
belong being public AND subject to conveyance by the respective registering court, seek advice from your nearest consulate.
To make triple sure go to the webpage of the Bulgarian Embassy in London and follow the link to Consular Services on http://www.bulgarianembassy.org.uk/
where documents, which can be procured and certified by the Consul are listed in great detail.
In effect the Convention was ratified at the end of October 1999 with a provisonal clause of an 18 month period prior to enforcement to allow smooth transition due to a number of reasons which are irrelevnt to this thread.
In the end of the day I am simply right. As I have said on many previous occasions the notarial functions of consuls are strictly limited, they are NO substitute for legalisation and should be used as a last resort only.