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Most clients will need to come to us near Covent Garden, but some notarial services can be done remotely.
We offer a full range of notary public services including notarial certificates, legalisation and apostille to individuals, SMEs and corporations.
Fixed & Variable Fees
Whenever possible, we will agree a fixed fee for any legalisation costs with clients in advance.
We regularly assist clients with legalisation and onwards dispatch of documents overseas, often as a matter of urgency.
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a qualified solicitor and public officer whose main role is to act as a bridge between different legal systems. Notary Publics are one of the lesser known members of the legal profession and people often come to Notarisation wondering what it involves. You can find out more about it by visiting ‘What is a notary public?’ or keep reading for a short overview.
A document that needs to have legal affect in another country may need to be legalised to be recognised by their legal system. This usually applies where the document is going to a country that has signed up to the Hague Convention.
Documents going to countries that have been or are still in the British Commonwealth don’t usually require legalisation. Neither do documents going to the USA.
What Does a Notary Public Do?
Notaries specialise in the authentication and certification of signatures and documents for use in those overseas jurisdictions that have signed up to the Hague Convention and so do require legalisation. This may include documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, decrees absolute (divorce papers), degrees, powers of attorney, deeds for purchase of property abroad and business documents.
Once notarised, these documents become legally effective in the country they are being sent to. Legalisation is not required for them to be legally effective in the country they originate from.
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Legalisation and Apostille
Depending on the country, some notarised documents also require legalisation by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes. This is called an apostille certificate or apostille stamp.
Urgent Legalisation and Apostille
Occasionally this may be needed urgently, in which case we offer a premium 24 hour service.
Some countries also require that their United Kingdom consulate or embassy legalises the document as well, which can take longer. Otherwise a premium 24 hour service is available to get an apostille stamp from the FCO.
Will you travel to me?
We see most of our clients at the office, but are pleased to assist clients when necessary by meeting them in hospital, onboard ships, in board meetings or wherever the need arises. Please read the information on making an appointment on the ‘Notarial Services’ page.
We look forward to being of assistance, please contact us if you have any questions.
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What we offer
- Attestation of document execution.
- Document authentication for international adoption.
- Notarial certificates certifying that documents and signatures are genuine.
- Notarial certificates certifying that documents have been executed.
- Taking declarations, Affidavits, Oaths and Acknowledgements.
- Preparing and legalising Powers of Attorney for foreign countries.
- Attestation of events and transactions.
- Witnessing of events and transactions.
- Legalisation of documents.
- Same day Apostille via agent
- Verifying translations from foreign languages into English.
What You’ll Need to Bring
Since the introduction of the Money Laundering Regulations 2003, we are compelled to keep records on the identity and address of all of a Notarial clients. To certify a signature, the person who’s signature is to be notarised must provide original ID documents at the time of the service.
You will need to have one document from group A for identification and one document from group B for proof of residence. If you are seeking notarisation as a private individual you will not need to show any documentation from group C.
- Photo Card Driver’s License
- Armed forces pass (signed with photo)
- Firearms license (signed with photo)
- National identity card (EEA state members)
- Other Government ID (signed with photo)
- Residence permit
- Benefit book
- Notification letter from the Benefits Agency
- Bank statement
- Letter from the bank
- Utility bill (excluding mobile phone bill)
- Council tax bill
- Tenancy agreement
- Housing Association rent card
- Inland Revenue tax demand
- Self Assessment tax statement
Corporate Notarisation ID Requirements
We frequently act as Notary Public for corporate clients, who have an additional requirement to prove incorporation of the company. This can be done with any one of these documents:
- Incorporation certificate
- Certified copy of partnership agreement (up to date)
- Evidence of regulation by a regulatory body (for example, the Law Society)
- Company register extract
- Audited accounts and latest report