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What is a notary?
Notaries have the authority to authenticate a document and certify its legitimacy so that it can be used in another country. In particular, many English documents will only be accepted by foreign courts and civil authorities once they have been notarised, and many foreign documents need to be prepared or signed in front of a notary in order to be effective.
The office of Notary Public is internationally recognised and difficult to attain; there are less than 900 notaries in the whole of England and Wales. Notaries date back to Roman times, but in today’s increasingly global society they play an important role in supporting international trade.
Our notaries are qualified solicitors who have undertaken further study and additional examinations.
Although able to act for both parties to a contract, a Notary Public has to act independently and with impartiality. The work of a notary is governed by a set of strict rules and standards which help to protect its clients. The terms on which our notaries work can be found here.
If you are looking for personal notary services, not business notary services, please click here
When is a notary needed by businesses?
There are a number of situations where businesses might require the services of a Notary Public. In most cases a notary is required where there is a need for someone to check and verify documents which have come from, or will be used, outside the UK.
A notary can help businesses involved in international trade in a number of ways:
How much does it cost?
The fees payable to a notary depend on a number of elements including:
We will happily go through these when you contact us and give you an estimate of our fees.