Setting ourselves apart from the vast majority of other law firms, we can also provide notarial services for you through our qualified Notary Public, John Chadaway.
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a member of the oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom and is a qualified lawyer. A Notary Public is appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are, like solicitors, subject to rules and regulations.
What work does a Notary Public undertake?
A Notary Public can undertake a wide range of tasks including:
- Authenticating personal documents and information for use abroad (e.g. for immigration or emigration, to apply to get married abroad, to work abroad, to allow educational or professional qualifications or declarations to be recognised abroad).
- Assisting with the authentication of documents required for the purchase or sale of land and property abroad.
- Authenticating Powers of Attorney for use abroad.
- Authenticating business and company documentation and/or information and/or otherwise providing confirmations as to the status of companies or identities of their directors.
What is Legalisation and/or an Apostille?
Legalisation is the method by which a Notary Public’s signature and seal are authenticated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and/or relevant Embassy or Consulate so that the work of the Notary Public may be accepted abroad.
A lot of counties require only a single certificate in this respect from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This certificate is called an Apostille.
In addition to the Apostille, some counties require that a further certificate is obtained from their own Embassy or Consulate.
Some counties (usually those which are, or have been, part of the British Commonwealth or parts of the United States) do not require any form of legalisation.
If you require notarial services, John will discuss what (if any) legalisation you may require along with the costs and timeframes.