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Whether you are conducting business, working, studying, buying or selling property or getting married abroad, you will likely need the services of a Notary Public.
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is an internally recognised legal professional, who has the authority to prepare and certify the signing of many different types of documents, primarily for use abroad.
At Butcher & Barlow we have five Notaries working across the region all of whom are qualified Solicitors who have undertaken further study and additional examinations in order to make sure they are sufficiently qualified.
Their role is to ensure that you understand the documents that you are signing and to authenticate who you are and what is written in the document. It is often the case that the documents will need to have an apostille attached, a certificate by the Foreign and Commonwealth office that our seal and signature are genuine, and we will deal with this for you. We may also need to have the document legalised by the consult of the country in which the document is to be used.
How can our Notaries assist?
Our services include:
- Authenticating documents as acceptable proofs of name, status or qualification for use abroad e.g. passports and birth certificates;
- Authenticating Powers of Attorney in connection with foreign property purchases;
- Drawing, attesting or certifying documents and deeds, including wills and conveyances of real and personal property;
- Arranging for the legalisation of documents for use abroad at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and foreign Consulates;
- The completion and authentication of papers in connection with Immigration matters:
- The presentation of Bills of Exchange for payment; and
- The verification of translations from foreign languages into English and Vice Versa.
Given the broad spectrum of work conducted by Notaries Public, the above list is not exhaustive of the services our Notaries are apply to provide.
If you do require notarial services, it will be necessary for one of our Notaries to meet with you, face to face, so that we can establish your identity by reference to your passport or similar form of photographic identification. The duty of the Notary is to the transaction rather than to any individual client and to ensuring that the document is executed properly and that the individual signing has capacity and authority to do so.
If you believe you require a Notary, please do not hesitate to get in touch.