What is notarial work?
Notarial work deals with the preparation and verification of legal documents for use abroad. Notaries are recognised internationally as being independent and trained to verify documents and matters, and so a notaries’ verification is normally an important step. Most notaries in England and Wales are also solicitors, but the functions are quite separate.
Most foreign countries require that there is a further verification of the notary by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This is known as an “apostile”. Many countries then require a further endorsement from their own Embassy or Consulate. This process of verification by state authorities is known as “legalisation”.
Notarisation of documents for individuals requires personal attendance and proof of identity (usually by passport). We can deal with all kinds of legal documents for use abroad including, for example, documents for the sale and purchase of land, including Powers of Attorney; verification of identity; certification and verification of copy documents; certification of documents required by foreign authorities.
Please note: Unless we have been specifically asked to advise on or to prepare the text of any relevant documents, we do not advise on the suitability of documents presented to us for notarisation, nor do we advise on the merits or suitability of the transaction involved. In every case it is necessary for clients to satisfy themselves by taking appropriate professional advice that documents they are signing and transactions into which they are entering are understood and in their best interests. In the absence of a specific request and agreement to advise, the notary is only acting as a witness or certifying matters as detailed in his certificate.