Matthew Pryke, Notary Public London, provides a complete range of notarisation and legalisation services for his Notary Public Clients. His London Notary Public practice is increasingly asked to provide competitive and fixed fee quotes to address legalisation, including obtaining apostilles. Often London Notary Clients require a range of notarisation and legalisation services based on the deadline and budget for legalisation. Often legalistion fees can be greater than the notarisation fees and consequently Matthew Pryke, Notary Public London, has produced a short guide and tips for his Notary Clients when determining legalisation fees.
Notary Public Legalisation Fees Tip 1: Consider the cost versus time for a Notary Public practice to deal with the legalisation. Whilst notarial clients can save fees by dealing with legalisation themselves it can be counter productive if significant time is required to deal with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for Apostille) or London Consulate. Time is money!
Notary Public Legalisation Fees Tip 2: Determine an appropriate deadline. A number of London’s Consulates and also the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for apostilles) offer varying legalisation services which can significantly reduce legalisation fees if clients’ requirements are less pressing. For urgent notarial matters this legalisation option will not be possible. However a good Notary Public practice should provide such options to you as a way of reducing notarisation and legalisation fees.
Notary Public Legalisation Fees Tip 3: Seek courier quotes in advance. As courier fees charged by London Notary Public practices vary greatly it is always advisable to seek a full and detailed fee quote. Whilst the fees charged by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for apostilles) and London Consulates will be fixed the courier fees will vary based on the competitive pricing of the legalisation service offer by the Notary Public London.
Notary Public Legalisation Fees Tip 4: Legalise a number of documents at the same time. Legalisation courier fees are likely to be incurred each time a trip is made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for apostilles) or a London Consulate. Therefore cost savings can be enjoyed by dealing with several documents at the same time. This provides the usual economies of scale as part of the legalisation process.
Notary Public Legalisation Fees Tip 5: Ensure the document can be legalised. Often legalisation fees and time can be wasted by taking documents to be legalised either to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (for apostilles) or London Consulates when the documents have not been dealt with, for example, via notarisation, and are therefore rejected. It is always advisable to seek the advice of a qualified and experienced London Notary Public practice to ensure that all legal and procedural steps have been taken prior to legalisation.