Trust us, becoming a notary is no mean achievement. In England and Wales such a person is a lawyer sworn and regulated by The Court of Faculties, and who has passed the two-year postgraduate diploma in Roman law, private international law and notarial practice. They must also hold a current practicing certificate and professional indemnity insurance. But what, exactly, does all that actually entitle them to do? Well, a typical ‘notarial act’ involves identifying the signatory and establishing his or her capacity, intention and authority to sign the document in order to create legal obligations. Where a company or other body is signing a document, the notary will verify that this has been done in accordance with the constitution of the body.
International transactions often require documents that are signed in England to be attested before a notary public in order to give them the necessary legal standing in the overseas country. This affects companies, private individuals and other bodies such as universities, and is applicable to documents such as those relating to the sale or purchase of properties overseas, setting up company branches and subsidiaries, as well as corporate transactions.
At Muckle we are lucky enough to have an independent notary within our office who is incredibly experienced in the varying requirements of overseas jurisdictions (even down to the colour of ink that is required in some countries) and can also arrange for documents to be legalised by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (with an ‘apostille’) and overseas consulates in London.
And being so experienced, our notary understands only too well that the notarial services he provides are often needed urgently, so you can be sure he goes out of his way to help clients meet those deadlines.