What is a Notary?
A Notary is a qualified lawyer – a member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales. Notaries are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are subject to regulation by the Master of the Faculties.
The rules which affect Notaries are very similar to the rules which affect Solicitors. They must be fully insured and maintain fidelity cover for the protection of their clients and the public. They must keep clients’ money separately from their own and comply with stringent practice rules and rules relating to conduct and discipline. Notaries have to renew their practising certificates every year and can only do so if they have complied with the rules.
Notaries are primarily concerned with the authentication and certification of signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents for use overseas.
The “Notarisation”, often termed as certification, authentication or attestation, usually involves the Notary Public checking the identity of an individual, and his/her capacity to sign a document. In case the document is being signed on behalf of a company or a legal entity, the Notary Public will also check the signatory’s to act binding the company. The notarisation process is complete after the notary has affixed his/her seal and original ink signature on the document – this is usually issued on a notarial certificate.
They are also authorised to conduct general legal practice (excluding the conduct of court proceedings) such as conveyancing and probate. They may exercise the powers of a Commissioner for Oaths.
The majority of Notaries Public also practise as solicitors but the Scrivener Notaries do not, nor do some 150 of the general notaries.
What can a Notary do?
Many notaries provide a service for commercial firms engaged in international trade, and for private individuals. The most common tasks include, but are not limited to:
Preparing and authenticating powers of attorney for use overseas Dealing with purchase or sale of land and property overseas
Authenticating foreign wills and providing documents to deal with the administration of the estates of people who are abroad, or owning property abroad Authenticating personal documents and information for immigration or emigration purposes, or to apply to marry or to work abroad, such as education or professional qualifications or declarations of freedom to marry
Authenticating company and business documents and transactions or providing certificates as to the status of a company or the identity of its director Authenticating copy of foreign or UK documents
Our Notarial Services:
Our Notary Public offers a full range of notarial services to the highest standard. With expertise in all aspects of notarial work, we can assist with notarisation of legal documents for private individuals or businesses such as powers of attorney, affidavits, ship mortgages, passport copies, adoption documents, loan agreements, academic qualifications, Companies House documents, and many other types of documents for use overseas.
We have a team with great expertise in Apostille and consular legalisation to ensure your documentation is certified according to the requirements of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and/or the foreign consulate or embassy for the country where your your documentation is going to be used once legalised. We try to anticipate any issues from the notarisaion step to avoid delays and extra costs in case of rejection by the relevant authorities.
Our Notary Public is available to travel to your offices in London and some residential address in central London, Kensington, Richmond and Croydon, or we can also arrange an appointment at our office’s address in central London (Charing Cross).
The Notary Public is regulated by the Faculty Office and is covered by professional indemnity insurance and Compensation Fund for all notarial work carried out. The best standards of confidentiality and presentation are offered.
To find out more about the notarial services we offer or to book an appointment with our Notary Public, please contact us on telephone 020 3633 4575 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the document you need to get notarised and we will revert as soon as possible.