Notary Public Islington

notary public Islington

Welcome to Notary Public Islington

I am a Notary Public based in Islington, London.

I act for clients in the Borough of Islington as well as the surrounding boroughs of the City of London, Hackney, Camden, Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Southwark.

I am happy to arrange visits to clients’ homes or businesses when required, for an additional fee. Evening or weekend visits may be arranged in cases of necessity.

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What services does a Notary Public provide?

A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or witness most documents. A Notary can also arrange legalisation or obtain Apostilles, if needed. You will often require the services of a Notary Public when you have documents which are needed to be used abroad. The Notary's signature and seal will verify to the authorities in that country that any relevant checks have been carried out and that the document has been properly signed.

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What is the difference between a Notary and a solicitor?

Notaries form a small, highly specialised branch of the legal profession, whose area of specialisation is the preparation and certification of documents so that they may be used effectively abroad.

Solicitors form by far the largest part of the legal profession. They provide advice and representation to their clients on a wide variety of legal issues, usually within the legal framework of their country of residence.

One important difference between a Notary and a solicitor is that whereas a solicitor's primary duty is to his client, the Notary's primary duty is to the transaction and the authenticity of the documents. As Notaries are recognised worldwide, they have to maintain absolute integrity and impartiality to maintain the standing of the Notarial profession.

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What is Legalisation or Apostille?

Many countries also require notarised documents to be legalised. Legalisation is a double check to make sure that the Notary’s signature is genuine and recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Once the authenticity of the signature is confirmed a certificate is attached. The Foreign Office Certificate, for some countries, is known as an ‘Apostille'.

Documents may also be checked by foreign embassies to make sure that the Notary’s signature matches the one on their records. The requirement for this will depend on the foreign country involved.

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Documents in a foreign language

If a document requiring notarisation is in a foreign language it is usually necessary for the document to be translated by an official legal translator who will then have to sign a statutory declaration certifying that it is a true translation.

In exceptional cases the Notary may be satisfied to fix their seal of office and signature on documents in a foreign language if they are fully satisfied that the person signing is conversant with the language of the document.

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What identification does a Notary Public require?

Following the implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, notaries are now obliged to keep sufficient evidence on their files of the identity and the address of all their clients before they undertake any work.

Each person whose signature they are to certify must provide one of the following original identification documents at the time of the appointment.

In addition, they require proof of residence, which can be one of the following original documents:

When a Notary Public is acting for a corporate client, evidence of the due incorporation of the company or entity is required. This can be one of the following documents:

In addition to the above, each individual signatory will need to produce one of the identification documents mentioned above.

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What does it cost?

An early indication of the costs can usually be given in advance but so that I can establish the charges please tell me the following:

My fee is based on my time engaged and the minimum fee for up to twenty minutes of Notary time is £80 (no VAT). If the work required is more time-consuming then this rate is applied pro-rata.

Even the most apparently simple of documents will require an appointment of at least 20 minutes to ensure that the notary has complied with the identification requirements and most importantly so that the notary can establish that the appearer, whether an individual or a company, has fully understood what they are doing by signing the document. I reserve the right to vary the rate, in respect of extremely urgent work or complex work, or work unavoidably undertaken outside ordinary office hours or at the weekend.

Please visit the contact us page to obtain a quotation.

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