A Notary Public is a qualified lawyer who is authorised to prepare, witness or certify documents that are going abroad. Often a document will have been prepared by a foreign lawyer, and may include powers of attorney, sworn statements, contracts, property papers and certificates of law –
Some examples of the areas in which a Notary may be required are:
- Signing of Powers of Attorney for use throughout the world
- Obtaining translations of legal documents and confirming their accuracy
- Verifying documents of record from organisations including Companies House, Registries of Births, Marriages and Deaths
- Assisting foreign lawyers in establishing companies abroad with British officers
- Administering Oaths as well as Statutory Declarations or Affirmations for foreign legal requirements
- Procuring legalisation of documents, whether Notarised or not by foreign embassies, or dealing with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Protesting Bills of Exchange
- Ship protests
- Certifying validity of academic or other qualifications
- Notarising the execution of foreign Wills
- Assisting in verification of persons and passports in foreign adoption process
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.
Our team includes Mark Sandham and Carys Jenkins. Mark qualified as a notary public in 2008 and Carys qualified in 2021. Both are members of the Notaries Society. Their Notarial practice North Wales Notaries is entirely separate from Bone & Payne.