A notary public is a responsible 3rd party member of the legal community who offers a specialist service.
- For example, you may need to sign a parental consent affidavit to allow a child to travel abroad, which is required to be signed by a commisioner of oaths - we can help with this.
- Based in Chelmsford, appointments can be made, sometimes at very short notice, to process your paperwork with the minimum of stress to you.
- Other services we offer are the certification of proofs of identity or proofs of address if you are changing your name abroad following a marriage.
- If as a single parent you are planning to travel abroad with your children, legislation now requires you to have an affidavit which has been signed by the other parent of your children permitting to you to travel - get in touch with the notarypublic.co.uk team today and we can arrange appointments with our Notary.
- Or you might be applying to work abroad and require a signature from a Notary Public as part of your application, our team can help.
Notary Publics, (or Notaries) in England and Wales are also Commissioners of Oaths. We are also able to offer the same services offered by a solicitor and other legal professionals.
Notaries are Commissioners of Oaths
As a Commissioners of oaths we are able to undertake domestic attestation work within the UK, although many documents, including signatures for a standard property purchase do not require professional attestation of signature - a lay witness is sufficient.
As a result of this, all the work we undertake as a notary public relates to international legal matters in some way. We regularly witness or authenticate documents to be used abroad, with extensive knowledge of foreign laws and languages.
How many notary publics are there in the UK?
There are approximately 1,000 Notary Publics in the UK, the vast majority of whom are all qualified solicitors as well, just by the nature of the work we undertake and the experience required in order to become a Notary.
What can a notary public help me with?
Many English notaries have strong foreign language skills and often a foreign legal qualification. Explore our range of Essex notarial services online.
Did you know?
To become a notary public you are required to have achieved a law degree or qualified as a solicitor or barrister within the last 5 years. Then you have to undertake a 2-year distance-learning course in Notarial Practice, while also gaining practical legal experience as a solicitor.
Notarial services include the following:
- Attesting the signature and execution of documents
- Authenticating the execution of documents
- Authenticating the contents of documents
- Administration of oaths and declarations
- Drawing up or noting (and extending) protests of happenings to ships, crews and cargoes
- presenting bills of exchange for acceptance and payment, noting and protesting bills in cases of dishonour and preparing acts of honour
- Attending upon the drawing up of bonds
- Drawing mercantile documents, deeds, sales or purchases of property, and wills in English and (via translation), in foreign languages for use in Britain, the Commonwealth and other foreign countries
- Providing documents to deal with the administration of the estate of people who are abroad, or own property abroad
- Authenticating personal documents and information for immigration or emigration purposes, or to apply to marry, divorce, adopt children or to work abroad
- Verification of translations from foreign languages to English and vice versa
- Taking evidence in England and Wales as a commissioner for oaths for foreign courts
- Provision of notarial copies
- Preparing and witnessing powers of attorney, corporate records, contracts for use in Britain or overseas
- Authenticating company and business documents and transactions
- International Internet domain name transfers