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A Notary Public is a specialist lawyer who is a Public Officer, specially authorised to witness or certify documents for use mainly in foreign countries. The Notary’s signature and official seal assures authorities in other countries that the relevant checks have been carried out.
For example, when buying or selling a property abroad you may need to give your overseas lawyer power to deal with the purchase or sale. A Notary Public can watch you sign a Power of Attorney and then notarise this document to ensure that it is accepted in the destination country.
If you have a document drawn in a foreign language it may be necessary to obtain an official translation of that document into English. A Notary can advise you on whether this is required and also help you to obtain a translation which can be certified as authentic.
Certain countries may also require the additional step of 'legalising' the document. ‘Legalisation’ provides confirmation to the recipient that the signature and seal of the Notary are authentic. This process involves sending the document to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who attach a certificate called an ‘Apostille’ to the notarised document confirming the Notary's signature and seal. For some countries, Consular or Embassy certification may also be required.
If Legalisation is required by the recipient of your document(s), I can advise you on the process and the cost, and can arrange this for you.
To comply with money laundering regulations a Notary must confirm your identity. When attending an appointment with a Notary each person signing the document must provide at least one of the following:
You must also provide proof of your residential address by one of the following:
If you are acting on behalf of a UK Corporation, the Notary will check the due incorporation and good standing of the company and confirm its directors. If the company has more than one director, board minutes will be required to authorise the signatories to sign the document(s) in question and have them notarised.
For a non-UK Corporation, one or more of the following documents should be provided:
These are available on request.
The cost will depend on the number of documents to be notarised, the professional time required to be spent, the complexity of the matter, your timescale, any legalisation requirements, travel time etc.
To obtain a quote please contact me with the following information:
Notaries are required to maintain a Notarial Register of the details of the matter. They must retain copies of the documents they notarise, as well as of the identity documents produced by the signatory.
I aim to provide all clients with an efficient and high standard of service and my notarial practice is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury at:
The Faculty Office, 1, The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1 3JT
Telephone: 020 7222 5381
If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received, please do not hesitate to contact me, in the first instance to resolve the issue. If I am unable to do so, you may then complain to the Notaries’ Society, of which I am a Member. The Notaries Society has a Complaints Procedure which is approved by the Faculty Office. This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute.
In that case please write (but do not enclose any original documents) with full details of your complaint to:
The Secretary of The Notaries Society
Old Church Chambers
23 Sandhill Road
Northampton NN5 5LH
Telephone: 01604 758908
If you have any difficulty in making a complaint in writing, please do not hesitate to call me/ the Notaries Society/the Faculty Office for assistance.
Finally, even if you have your complaint considered under the Notaries Society Approved Complaints Procedure, you may at the end of that procedure, or after a period of 6 months from the date you first notified me that you were dissatisfied, make your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman* if you are not happy with the result:
Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ
Telephone: 0300 555 0333
If you decide to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, you must refer your matter to the Legal Ombudsman within twelve months from the conclusion of the complaint process.
*certain kinds of commercial entities are not eligible to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman – please refer to the Legal Ombudsman Scheme Rules or consult the Faculty Office.