Notarial Services Q&As

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What does a Notary do

Notaries can carry out a wide range of legal work, but in this country the main part of the Notary’s role is the authentication or validation of legal documents for use in other countries. This can involve, for example, witnessing signatures to documents and ccertifying copies of documents

What does legalisation mean

Some countries stipulate that ‘notarised’ documents must be ‘legalised’. This is a process of ‘double check’ to ensure that the Notary’s signature is genuine and recognised by the relevant country. In some cases the country requires a certificate from our Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirming the genuineness of the notary’s signature and seal. This certificate is known as an ‘Apostille’.

Other countries may require that, in addition, their own Embassy or Consulate in this country issues a certificate that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Apostille is genuine. Our Notarial service includes the arranging of legalisation where required.

What is a Notary Public

A Notary Public is an officer of the law who holds an internationally recognised public office. Overseas authorities are therefore able to rely on the Notary’s signature and seal to verify that documents have been properly signed or authenticated.

What is an Apostille

An Apostille is a certificate issued by our Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirming the authenticity of a public officer’s signature or seal. Some countries require an Apostille to be attached to a document notarised by a Notary Public before accepting the authenticity of the document. Our Notarial service includes the arranging of Apostilles where required.

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