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Notarial Services & Notary Public

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Starting April 2022.

We are delighted to offer a Notary Public serving Northamptonshire. Partner Rachel Hawkins, can provide a service to both commercial and individual clients when the notarisation of documents, transactions or events is required.

What is a Notary?

The office of a Notary is steeped in history, having its origin in Roman times and were originally “scribes” or copiers before developing into a profession. A Notary is an officer of the law who holds an internationally recognised public office.

A Notary Public is an officer of the law who holds an internationally recognised public office and therefore a Notary’s seal and signature is recognised as evidence of a responsible legal officer almost worldwide. The duty and function of a Notary is to prepare, attest, authenticate and certify deeds and other documents intended for use anywhere in the world. These documents can be both for individuals or private companies.
A Notary is a qualified lawyer – a member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales. Notaries are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are subject to regulation by the Master of the Faculties. The rules which affect Notaries are very similar to the rules which affect Solicitors. They must be fully insured and maintain fidelity cover for the protection of their clients and the public. They must keep clients’ money separately from their own and comply with stringent practice rules and rules relating to conduct and discipline. Notaries have to renew their practising certificates every year and can only do so if they have complied with the rules.

What can a Notary authenticate?

A Notary can substantiate documents, transactions and events for use abroad, such as:

  • Witnessing signatures
  • Certifying sworn documents
  • Certifying that copied documents are the same as the original
  • Authenticate certificates relating to the execution of documents on behalf of British companies
  • Confirm the capacity of a company’s directors
  • Arrangement of documents to be legalised at the Foreign Office or a foreign embassy or consulate
  • Declarations and affidavits for the UK and abroad
  • Bills of exchange
  • Authentication of identity and signatures
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Substantiating documents & information for emigration or immigration

… and much, much more.

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