Notarial services

Partner at Leathes Prior, Richard Guthrie, operates an independent professional practice as Notary Public, offering a timely and efficient service with a commitment to ensure that your documentation is effective in the foreign jurisdiction.

A Notary is an officer of the law whose public office and duty is to prepare and authenticate documents for use overseas. The signature and seal of a Notary are internationally recognised as proof of the matters certified by him, which is why “notarisation” is often requested by the authorities in the country where the document is to be used. If a document has to be signed outside of the country in which it is to be used, the authorities in that country cannot confirm for themselves that the necessary formalities have been complied with; so, instead, a Notary is relied upon to provide that confirmation. It is also frequently necessary for a notarised document to be sent to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or a foreign embassy so that the Notary’s signature and seal can be verified – by obtaining a certificate called an “Apostille” or by a process called “legalisation”. Our Notarial services include:

  • Notarising the execution and contents of documents
  • Individual or company powers of attorney for use worldwide
  • Certified copy documents
  • Administration of oaths and declarations
  • Affidavits and depositions: taking evidence in England for use in foreign courts
  • Certifying translations
  • Lost passports, birth certificates, credit cards and other documents
  • Property documents for use worldwide
  • Certifying the execution of commercial contracts for international use
  • Certification of identity of directors and company secretaries
  • Share issue ballots
  • Ship protests
  • Ship sale and purchase
  • Bills of exchange
  • Notarised company documents including Certificates of Incorporation or Good Standing, Memorandum and Articles of Association and internal records
  • Statutory declarations and verifications in connection with marriage abroad, change of name deed preparation and notarisation, education certificates and qualification, emigration and immigration, adoption, guardianship

It is also frequently necessary for a notarised document to be sent to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or a foreign embassy so that the Notary’s signature and seal can be verified – by obtaining a certificate called an “Apostille” or by a process called “legalisation”. We can advise on these requirements – and the form of the documentation – which vary from country to country.

The above list is not exhaustive, we also have experience in advising on the legal aspects of a wide variety of other international transactions from commercial matters to overseas property with an extensive network of overseas contacts to assist with advice in other jurisdictions.