A NOTARY PUBLIC is a qualified lawyer specialising in dealing with foreign documents. A NOTARY will see the client and certify documents and attested these. The NOTARY can also organise legalisation of documents which can include obtaining an Apostille from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and also from other foreign embassies and consulate offices situated in the England and Wales.
The type of documents that a NOTARY will deal with can include a:-
- Power of attorney
- Letter of consent
- Title documents
- Certification of copy documents to include certifying passport and other identity documents
- Marriage declaration
- Certifying a marriage certificate
- Certifying a death certificate
- Certifying a decree absolute
A NOTARY PUBLIC can be a member of the NOTARIES SOCIETY. The NOTARY will be regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. A NOTARY PUBLIC qualified to practise in England and Wales can practise in any county or town in England and Wales to include without limitation:-
Documents completed by a NOTARY PUBLIC can be termed notarial acts. A NOTARY PUBLIC can also be referred to as a PUBLIC NOTARY. The NOTARY will deal with documents that are for a company and also documents for individuals. The NOTARY will have regard to the requirements of the receiving jurisdiction and their requirements in relation to the document in order to give that document legal effect. For example, documents intended for the USA will often require the NOTARY to state as to when the NOTARIES commission (authority) will expire. Other countries will require the document to be presented in a certain manner especially if it is to be legalised by an embassy. A NOTARY therefore plays an important role in the completion of documents for use abroad in order that they may be legally enforceable.