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Notary Public Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the questions I am most frequently asked. Click on a link to see the answer.

What documents should I bring to the meeting?

In order to ensure the quickest and smoothest process you will need to bring photographic identification such as a passport and a proof of address such as a utility bill to the meeting.

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Do I require an Apostille and Legalisation?

Certain countries may also require the additional step of the document being Legalised. This is a process whereby the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirm the validity of the Notary’s signature and seal. Once this check has been carried out a certificate called an ‘Apostille’ is attached to the notarised document.

The need for Legalisation depends on the country involved and I can advise you on this.

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How much does it cost for notarisation?

The cost will depend on the type and number of documents to be notarised. To obtain a quote please contact me with the following information:

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What does a Notary Public do?

A Notary Public is a specialist lawyer who can witness or certify documents for use in foreign countries. By virtue of the Notary's signature and official seal, authorities in other countries will be assured that the relevant checks have been carried out.

As an example, when buying a property abroad you may need to give your overseas lawyer power to deal with the purchase. A Notary Public can watch you sign a Power of Attorney and then notarise this document to ensure that it is accepted in the country involved.

In addition to these special powers a Notary Public is a lawyer who is authorised to advise on business and property matters, undertake conveyancing and deal with wills and probate amongst other matters.

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