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There are approximately 800 Notaries across England and Wales, and Notaries Public form one of the oldest branches of the legal profession. Two Notaries based at Ramsdens offer their services to members of the public and businesses. You can find out more about Notary fees and charges here.
A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or witness the signing of most documents. This work involves the authentication and valid execution of documents for use abroad.
Such services are indispensable to the conduct of international transactions and quite often are the only thing preventing an individual or representatives from a company from having to travel abroad to conduct their business.
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.
Typical examples of work carried out by notaries include:
Notaries form a highly specialised portion of the legal profession, whose area of specialism is the preparation and certification of documents so they can be used effectively abroad. Solicitors form the largest portion of the legal profession. They offer advice and representation to their clients on a wide variety of legal issues, usually within their country of residence.
A notable difference between a Notary and a solicitor is that while a solicitor’s primary duty is to their client, the Notary’s responsibility lies with the transaction itself and the authenticity of the documents.
Notary Publics are recognised internationally, and they have to maintain absolute integrity and impartiality to maintain the standing of the profession.
Many countries require notarised documents to be legalised. Legalisation is a double check to make sure a Notary’s signature is genuine and recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In some cases, documents may 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 country involved. Once the authenticity of the signature has been confirmed, a certificate called an “apostille” is attached.
If a document involved in this type of transaction is written in a foreign language, it is usually necessary for it to be translated by an official legal translator, who will then sign a statutory declaration. In exceptional circumstances, 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 individual signing is familiar with the language of the document.
To discuss Notary Public issues, please either use the contact form on this page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01484 821 554 or 01484 558 068 to speak to one of the Notaries based at Ramsdens.