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 UK.
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.