What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a qualified Lawyer who holds an internationally recognised public office. A Notary holds an official seal and Notarial Acts under the signature and seal of a Notary are recognised as evidence of a responsible official legal officer in all countries around the world.
Notaries Public have been appointed by legal authority in England and Wales since the thirteenth century. It is for this reason that they are members of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom. A Notary is appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and is subject to regulation by the Master of Faculties.
Apostille & Legalisation
I can advise you on whether your document will be valid just with the notarisation or whether it also needs to be legalised at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with an apostille. For countries that are a party to the Hague Convention documents need only be legalised with the apostille in order to be accepted..
What services does a Notary Public provide?
A Notary or Notary Public can authenticate or witness most documents for use in foreign countries. A Notary can also arrange Legalisation or obtain Apostilles, if needed. You will often require the services of a Notary Public when you have documents which are needed to be used abroad. The Notary's signature and seal will verify to the authorities in that country that any relevant checks have been carried out and that the document has been properly signed.
I provide services to individuals and companies.
I also offer a mobile service and can visit you at your home or place of business.
I am able to offer flexible appointment times where necessary and out of office meetings can also be arranged.
I am a member of the Notaries Society of England and Wales.