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Legal Opinion Letter for Extended Validation SSL Certificates

To help verify facts regarding an EV SSL Certificate Order, can my attorney (or Latin Notary) provide a Legal Opinion Letter confirming specified information about my company?

It is acceptable for professional attorney (or Latin Notary) to provide letters that indicates the assumed name under which Applicant conducts business, the government agency with which the assumed name is registered, and that such filing continues to be valid.

The letters would be provided in accordance with the professional standards in the jurisdiction in which the lawyer practices.

Below is an example of the letter that might be prepared.

Sample Form Legal Opinion Letter for verifying signing authority

[Law Firm Letterhead]



Network Solutions LLC

13861 Sunrise Valley Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
United States of America

Fax: 1-866-294-0799


EV Certificate Request No. [Insert Network Solutions Order number]


[Exact company name of Client - see footnote 1]

Client Representative:

[Exact name of Client Representative who signed the Application - see footnote 2]

Application Date:

[Insert date of Client's Application to the Issuing CA,]

This firm represents [exact company name of Client][1][1] ("Client"), who has submitted the Application to you dated as of the Application Date shown above ("Application"). We have been asked by our Client to present you with our opinion as stated in this letter.

[Insert customary preliminary matters for opinion letters in your jurisdiction.]

On this basis, we hereby offer the following opinion:

1. That [exact company name of Client] ("Company") is a duly formed [corporation, LLC, etc.] that is "active," "valid," "current," or the equivalent under the laws of the state/province of [name of governing jurisdiction where Client is incorporated or registered] and is not under any legal disability known to the author of this letter.

2. That Company conducts business under the assumed name or "dba"[assumed name of Applicant] and as registered such name with the appropriate government agency in the jurisdiction of its place of business below.

3. That [name of Client's Representative][2][2] has authority to act on behalf of Company to: [select as appropriate] (a) provide the information about Company required for issuance of the EV Certificates as contained in the attached Application, (b) request one or more EV Certificates and to designate other persons to request EV Certificates, and (c) agree to the relevant contractual obligations contained in the Subscriber Agreement on behalf of Company.

4. That Company has a physical presence and its place of business at the following location:




5. That Company can be contacted at its stated place of business at the following telephone number:


6. That Company has an active current Demand Deposit Account with a regulated financial institution.

7. That Company has the exclusive right to use the following domain name in identifying itself on the Internet:


[Insert customary limitations and disclaimers for opinion letters in your jurisdiction.

[Name and signature]

[Jurisdiction(s) in which attorney / latin notary is admitted to practice][3][3]

cc: [Send copy to Client]


[1][1] Note: This must be the Client's exact corporate name, as registered with the relevant Incorporating Agency in the Client's Jurisdiction of Incorporation. This is the name that will be included in the EV Certificate.

[2][2] Note: If necessary to establish the Client Representative's actual authority, you may rely on a Power of Attorney from an officer of Client who has authority to delegate the authority to the Client Representative.

[3][3] Note: This letter may be issued by in-house counsel for the Client so long as permitted by the rules of your jurisdiction.