Services : Notarial Services

Overview

Kevin Burke who is in association with this firm is qualified as a Florida International Notary and an English Notary Public.

An English Notary Public is a qualified lawyer – a member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom. He is appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and is subject to regulation by the Court of Faculties. The rules which govern Notaries are very similar to those which govern Solicitors.

The duty of a Notary Public extends not only to the client signing a document but also to those people, institutions or foreign governments who are relying on the document. This means that that the notary observes a high standard of care and the sealing of a document is not merely a "rubber stamping exercise". The Notary will therefore verify the information given by the client where possible and issue an appropriate certificate to this effect.

A Notary is often required to authenticate documents which will be used abroad. This could include verifying a power of attorney on behalf of a client who owns a property in other countries or verifying the making of translations for use in foreign courts. Foreign jurisdictions may require documents to be legalised. Legalisation is the process whereby a Notary's signature and seal is certified to be genuine. The methods of legalisation vary from one country to another. You may need to see a Notary to:

  • Preparing and witnessing powers of attorney to sell, purchase, mortgage, inherit property abroad
  • Dealing with the purchase or sale of land and property abroad
  • Dealing with shipping documentation including the registration of vessels and ship protests
  • Dealing with certification of company documents required for international business transactions
  • Providing documents to deal with the administration of the estate of people who are abroad, or owning property abroad
  • Dealing with overseas adoption documentation
  • Dealing with consent documentation for children to travel abroad
  • Certifying documents required for obtaining a U.S. Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Authenticating personal documents and information for immigration or emigration purposes, or to apply to marry or to work abroad
  • Authenticating company and business documents and transactions
  • Arranging "apostille" legalisation, embassy and consulate legalisation
  • Certify identity for the benefit of parties abroad
  • Notarially certify other documents for use abroad

A Notary is an officer of the law who holds an internationally recognised public office. The duty and function of a Notary is to prepare, attest, authenticate and certify deeds and other documents, for use anywhere in the world. His signature and official seal renders them acceptable, as proof of the matter attested by him, to the judicial or other public authorities in the country where they are to be used.

Clients often require notarial services when dealing with overseas matters. A Notary mainly acts as an impartial and legally trained witness to authenticate and certify the execution of documents required or intended for use outside the U.K.

It is important that a Notary is contacted as early on as possible as requirements vary from country to country and further authentication from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or applicable Consulate may be necessary.

By virtue of the international status of his office, the signature and seal of a Notary is recognised as evidence of a responsible legal officer in most countries of the world.

Key Contacts:

Kevin Burke: kevin.burke@bennettlaw.co.uk

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