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Notary Services FAQ

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What services does a Notary Public provide?

A Notary lawyer is often required to certify and authenticate documents that are destined to be used abroad. It is a separate profession to the Solicitor’s profession, but bears many similarities. Often parties abroad such as banks and Governmental bodies specifically require a ‘Notary Seal and signature to documents that are signed here.

The Notary's signature and seal will verify to a party in a foreign jurisdiction that any relevant checks have been carried out and that the document has been properly signed.

There may be a requirement that an apostille is required and following that, Embassy legalisation and in that regard we can assist you with our in-house dedicated consular team.

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What is Legalisation or Apostille?

Many countries also require notarised documents to be legalised. Legalisation is a double check to make sure that the notaries' signature is genuine and recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Documents may also be checked by foreign embassies to make sure that the Notary's signature matches the one on their records. The requirement for this will depend on the foreign country involved. Once the authenticity of the signature is confirmed a certificate is attached, called an "Apostille".

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What is the difference between a Notary and a solicitor?

Notaries form a small, highly specialised branch of the legal profession, whose area of specialisation is the preparation and certification of documents so that they may be used effectively abroad.

Solicitors form by far the largest part of the legal profession. They provide advice and representation to their clients on a wide variety of legal issues, usually within the legal framework of their country of residence.

One important difference between a Notary and a solicitor is that whereas a solicitor's primary duty is to his client, the Notary's primary duty is to the transaction and the authenticity of the documents. As Notary Public's are recognised worldwide, they have to maintain absolute integrity and impartiality to maintain the standing of the Notarial profession.

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Documents in a foreign language

If a document requiring notarisation is in a foreign language it is usually necessary for the document to be translated by an official legal translator who will then have to sign a statutory declaration certifying that it is a true translation.

In exceptional cases the Notary may be satisfied to fix their seal of office and signature on documents in a foreign language if they are fully satisfied that the person signing is conversant with the language of the document.

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What identification does a Notary Public require?

Following the implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations 2003, notaries are now obliged to keep sufficient evidence on their files of the identity and the address of all their clients before they undertake any work.

Each person whose signature they are to certify must provide one of the following original identification documents at the time of the appointment.

In addition, they require proof of residence, which can be one of the following original documents:

When a Notary Public is acting for a corporate client, evidence of the due incorporation of the company or entity is required. This can be one of the following documents:

In addition to the above, each individual signatory will need to produce one of the identification documents mentioned above.

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How much does Notarisation cost?

An early indication of the costs can usually be given in advance but so that we can establish the charges please tell us the following:

Please visit the contact me page to obtain a quotation.

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Notary services are available in London including the City of London, Central London.

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