Alastair Caisley has been qualified as a notary since 1989 and regularly deals with a broad range of Notarial Services including Powers of Attorney, Declarations and Affidavits to be used in foreign jurisdictions and can assist in obtaining the Apostille from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office together with legalisation where appropriate from foreign embassies/consulates.
Who is a notary and what does he do?
A notary is a public official who is legally authorised to affirm the truth of documents and to confirm their authenticity, especially documents that are to be used overseas.
Notaries are widely recognised internationally. Many documents notarised by a notary will need authentication by either the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the embassy of the country in which the document is to be used ('legalisation'). We can advise you on this and arrange for the appropriate legalisation.
A notary identifies himself on documents by use of his individual seal. Such seals are regarded by most other countries as of great importance for establishing the genuineness of a document. A notary's seal is registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with many foreign embassies and consulates.
Checklist for seeing a notary
Usually the notary will:
• Need you to bring evidence of identity e.g. a passport
• Need you to be certain that you understand a document, particularly if it is not in English
• Need to see any relevant papers or documents
• Quotes can be given on request.
• Where additional work is required, such as preparing a certificate or sending a document for legislation at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or an Embassy, this will be charged on a time spent basis.
• The Foreign and Commonwealth Office charges are as per their current scale and further fees are generally payable to Embassies/Consulates for legalisation.
Please contact Alastair Caisley 01892 548411