We receive numerous requests for the notarization of wills, living wills, general and specific power of attorneys, prenuptial agreements, and other like agreements and documents in Korea.
These documents are, often, just pulled from the internet. Pulling these documents from the internet is not adequate – in most cases. Please save your family trouble and get these documents drafted by someone with substantial experience with handling international matters for expats residing in Korea or Korean nationals with family abroad.
We, sometimes, organize the notarization of these agreements for clients, however, in most cases, we refer the client to their local embassy in Seoul, since the embassy stamp has a far less chance of not being recognized in a foreign jurisdiction than a Korean notarial stamp. We, often, also, advise a redraft of the document.
This post was not written to tell you not to call me about notarial issues, but to be aware that many of the agreements and documents that I have seen that were downloaded from online form libraries, drafted by U.S. and European Lawyers are worthless for use by expats in Korea and Koreans with family outside of Korea.
In matters that are important for you and your family’s life and livelihood, please spend a few bucks and have a professional draft these documents. The professional should know about the recognition of these documents in Korea and, also, abroad. Don’t simply rely on the internet and luck. Your family is more important than saving a few bucks.
This post was motivated by a prenuptial agreement that I just reviewed that was, obviously, downloaded from an online form library and that would have been invalidated by most U.S. courts if executed in its form. Writing this post reminds me of a case we handled, a few years back, concerning a will that was contested, since the will did not meet the execution formalities.
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