A Notary prepares, witnesses or certifies documents going abroad. Often a document will have been prepared by a foreign lawyer. They include powers of attorney, sworn statements, contracts, property papers and certificates of law. Documents which are handled by a Notary are referred to as“notarial acts”. These may be in public or private form – the latter largely confined to witnessing signatures. An act in public form is required where a Notary confirms facts which he or she has verified personally. Notaries must verify for each client their identity, legal capacity and understanding of the document as well as their authority if signing on behalf of another party such as a limited company. As qualified lawyers, Notaries may also carry out all other types of legal work apart from litigation (court work). This is similar to the position of continental Notaries who operate under the civil law system. Accordingly, Notaries here may handle property transactions, make wills and administer the estates of someone who has died.
(The Notaries Society)

This office offers the additional service of Legalisation with Apostille at the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Legalisation with Apostille at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is a process of authenticating documents issued in one country and intended for use in another country. The apostille is a certificate issued by the government office of the country issuing the document, attesting to the authenticity of the document itself. In the UK, the office responsible for issuing the apostille is the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The process of legalisation with apostille is often required for legal documents, such as contracts, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and university certificates, that need to be presented in another country and notarial certificates produced by our firm.