Notary Public

Sometimes you’ll need more than just your documents
Notarial Services are not something you need every day. In fact you might not be aware of them until a particular set of circumstances arise. For example, you could be buying property abroad, or possibly need to provide evidence of your qualifications to a company overseas. In those situations the documents in question will need to be legally verified by a Notary Public.

The Seal of Authority
Only a fully registered and enrolled Notary Public can provide the necessary seal of authentication. But, it is about much more than a seal, the Notary Public will:-

  • Check the authenticity of documents direct with the issuing body
  • Certify copies of those documents
  • Check your identity to satisfy the overseas lawyers or receiving authority
  • Ensure that you fully understand the nature of any documents you are asked to sign, and that you wish to enter into the related transaction
  • Witness and verify your signature
  • Sign and seal documents
  • Produce a certificate setting out exactly what has been established, witnessed or verified
  • Obtain official verification of his own bona fides from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or from the receiving country’s embassy
  • Arrange recorded or courier delivery overseas if required
  • Maintain and keep indefinitely copies of any documents and a record of the events which have been dealt with

Hansells have more than most to help you
Few legal practices have as much experience and authority in the field of Notarial Services as Hansells. We are exceptional in having two Notary Publics on our team – Tim Eagle and Jane Stockings. That means we have the resources to help you when, as they often do, Notarial requirements come up at short notice.

It also means that we have the breadth of experience to work on the full spectrum of documents that required the services of a Notary Public. We are familiar with the procedures of overseas departments and, of course, offer multi lingual working.

When am I likely to need a Notary Public?
The most likely time you’ll need Notary services is when you have documents that are needed abroad. The Notary’s seal confirms the legality of the document to the authorities of another country.

What sort of documents could need that?
There are many areas that can require a Notary’s seal. Buying property abroad, educational certificates for employment, sponsorship for visitors to the UK, adoption issues and authenticating foreign wills are just some of the issues we frequently help with. Opening bank accounts in another country is another procedure where you will need help.

I’ve heard the term ‘Apostille’. What is that?
Some countries seek an extra level of ‘legalisation’ which may require an authentication by, for example, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the Notary’s signature. The certificate that confirms the signature is called an Apostille. If you need that, we can help.

What does this service cost?
We would need to know how many documents are involved, and the precise details of the work you need us to do. As soon as we’ve discussed that with you we will advise you of the cost, before we proceed.