Who is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a qualified lawyer, whose primary role is to:
• Prepare and witness power of attorney for use overseas
• Authenticate company and business documents and transactions
• Authenticate and Certify signatures and documents for use abroad
• Deal with purchase or sale of land and property abroad
• Authenticate documents for immigration or emigration purposes, or to apply to marry or to work abroad
What is meant by “Notarisation”?
‘Notarisation’, often termed as certification, authentication or attestation, usually involves a Notary Public checking the identity of an individual, and his/her capacity to sign a document, e.g. a Power of Attorney. If the document is being signed on behalf of a company or a legal entity, the Notary will also need to check the signatory’s authority to act, before it can be notarised. The Notary will then affix a notarial seal (and often also a notarial certificate) on the document/s. Notarisation might also be required to certify the authenticity of an official document, e.g. an Education Certificate, or to issue a certified copy of an original document, e.g. a Passport.
Why use Blair Consular?
If your documents haven’t been notarised, we can arrange this on your behalf using our network of U.K Notaries, and we frequently arrange company visits to ensure that multiple signatories/signatures can be witnessed in one session, which ensures that future document processing can be actioned more efficiently, and that the stringent notarial practices and guidelines are adhered to.
How do I apply to have my document notarised?
• Over the counter at our Head Office at London Heathrow
• By post -you will need to send us your original documentation to be processed. For further information, please call our specialist Corporate Legal & Regulatory Department on +44 (0) 1784 427 750
What happens to the document after the Notary authenticates it?
This will of course depend on the particular document in question, and the country in which it is to be used, and also whether it’s for private or business use. Often the document/s will require further authentication, e.g. legalisation by Apostille at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and/or the relevant Foreign Embassy. Blairs can assist you with any of these scenarios – please see our “Legal, Corporate & IP Documents” section for further information.
Can Blairs assist with foreign documents and translations?
• Yes, Blairs handle large volumes of foreign documents on a daily basis and can help with issuing foreign language certificates or obtaining legalisation globally.