The Faculty Office seeks input on Notary Public Guidance

The Faculty Office, the regulatory body for each Notary Public in England and Wales, has recently published its guidance on steps to be taken by Notary Publics to embrace the recent review of the legal market undertaken by the CMA. The Faculty Office is now seeking input and answers to the questions posed from Notary Publics and those ...

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Formalities in non-UK jurisdictions: notarisation

In civil law jurisdictions, many documents (for example, transfers of land and charges) require notarisation by a notary.

A notary is a lawyer working in private practice who fulfils certain public functions delegated by the state. These public functions differ from country to country. A notary’s chief public function is to authenticate the execution of certain documents or to verify some fact or thing has been done. Notarisation often involves the parties to the ...
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How to find a good Notary – A Notary Public Guide

Getting a document Notarised and Legalised can often be both confusing and stressful. So, it’s vital you find a professional Notaries Office to assist you at this important time. A key part of this is choosing a qualified Notary Public you can rely on. So how do you best go about this?

1. Seek personal (and trusted) recommendations

Good old fashioned word of mouth is one of the most reliable methods of ensuring you get a good service – in any kind of trade. ...

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Notarising a Power of Attorney for Spain

If you intend to notarise a power of attorney for Spain a recent Spanish ruling has changed the notarisation requirements for every London Notary Public based in England. Following a ruling issued by the Director General of Notaries and Registrars in Spain many powers of attorney’s notarised by a Notary Public have recently been rejected. This risk can be minimised if you use a Notary Public who is familiar with the ruling and current requirements for notarising Spanish powers of ...

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Indian High Commission – Notary Public Guide to OCI Card Application

As a London Notary Public based in London’s west end we often Notarised documents for India and Indian citizens. An ‘OCI Card’ (Overseas Citizen of India Card) is a multiple-entry visa which enables the Notary Public client to have unlimited travel and stay in India for the rest of his or her life. Our Notaries Public office is used to assisting client to successfullyt obtain OCI cards.

In order for a Notary client to be eligible for an OCI card, you must ...

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Legalisation requirements for Taiwan – London Notary Guide

As a London Notary office in London we are often presented with documents to be Notarised and Legalised for Taiwan. If documents are intended for use in Taiwan then the first stage is to locate a Notary in London who can Notarise the document. Once Notarised the document should be certified by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office(“FCO”) by way of Apostille certificate. This Apostille process is often referred to as Apostillised, Apostillisation or Legalisation.

Before being certified, you must take a signed ...

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Why might you need a Notary Public?

Often when a company or individual is first told to get a document Notarised or to vists a Notary Public this can lead to the understandable question:

What is a Notary Public?

The Notaries Society provides useful guidance on the profession of a Notary Public. In summary Notaries are the oldest limb of the UK legal profession. A Notary Public prepares Notary Acts, mainly within England for use as Notarised documents everywhere in the world. Documents which are most often presented to ...

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Guide to the Legalisation Requirements of Antigua & Barbuda

Documents for use in Antigua and Barbuda require legalisation by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”).

Documents lodged before 2pm at the Legalisation Office of the FCO can be returned fully legalised the same day. An Apostille Certificate requires a legalisation fee of £75 per document.

The FCO has two legalisation offices. The public legalisation office is situated in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. The FCO will usually charge £30 per Apostille certificate. Documents will usually need to be signed before ...

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Notary Public Jargon Buster

Using of a Notary Public can sometimes be confusing, especially as there is can be some jargon involved. We’ve put together a guide for our Notary Public Clients of some common technical words used when notarising the legalising documents.

Affiant – The person signing an Affidavit.

Affidavit – A written statement of evidence which is signed before a person authorised to administer affidavits such as a Notary Public.

Affix – Attaching or impressing the Notary Seal to a document.

Authenticate – Most commonly, authentications are requested ...

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Notarising Companies House Documents

Often our Notary Public offices will be contacted by clients seeking to Notarise Companies House documents.  Below is  a brief guide.

Companies House Documents a Notary Public can Notarise

  • Certificates of Incorporation.
  • Certificates of Incorporation on Change of Name.
  • Certificates of Good Standing.
  • Current Appointments Report.
  • An Annual Return.
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • Incorporation Documents.

In these instances the Companies House document can be notarised without requiring the signature of an authorised officer of the Company. On this basis often no meeting with the London Notary Public is required. ...

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