According to the applicable law (Law 4194/1913), lawyers are entitled to translate foreign language documents as well as Greek documents in any foreign language. This translation is valid for any Judicial or Public Authority.
Additionally, lawyers can validate copies of all kinds of original documents. The validation of the copy by a lawyer is fully valid in any court or authority, as well as against individuals, physical person or legal entities.
Also, according to the Code of Administrative Procedure (Law 2690/1999), authorities are obliged to accept copies of foreign authorities validated by a lawyer. In fact, according to the legal framework and case-law of the supreme court, the translations and certification of lawyers are not checked for validity by the authorities, which are obliged to accept them as valid.
Finally, special procedural provisions provide that a lawyer can validate and certify the authenticity of the signature of his client before any court and authority.
Consequently, it is clear that the statutory duties of a lawyer include - apart from the exercise of his legal profession- translations and certifications of any type of public or private document. Indeed, it is emphatically defined that the competence for official translations belongs equally to lawyers and the translation service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Nowadays, there is an increasing need for formal translations both at the job search and study abroad (i.e. degrees, qualifications, CVs, passports, IDs, etc.) as well as at professional transactions (i.e. financial documents, court documents, documents, authorizations, responsible statements, etc.).
Our company undertakes to provide official translations and validated copies in the following languages:
English – Spanish – French – Russian – German – Italian – Portuguese
We also undertake the process of obtaining The Hague Convention notice (commonly known as the "Hague Seal"), which is necessary for the authentication of Greek public documents in order to be accepted in another State, provided that the State has ratified the above Convention.
For more details on the Hague Convention, the Contracting States and the documents highlighted, please visit the following link: https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/specialised-sections/apostille