Esmond Jenkins

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notary public oxford

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Notary Public FAQ

Below is information covering some frequently asked questions about Notaries. Please click on a link below to see the answer.

What does a Notary Public do?

A Notary Public is an officer of the law a status recognised internationally

It is the oldest branch of the legal profession dating back to Roman times. Notaries are appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and are subject to regulation by the Court of Faculties. A professional Notary must be fully insured and maintain fidelity cover for the protection of clients and the public.

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Why do I need the services of a Notary Public?

The services of a Notary Public are required because many countries see the Notary as being at the pinnacle of the independent legal professions.

Any document required for use oversees but signed for in this country normally needs to be done in the presence of a Notary Public. A Notary Public will also sign and validate the documents and finally it will be sealed with a unique stamp.

Should the document need to be validated by the Foreign Office or Foreign Consulate I will ensure this process is completed.

For most overseas documents it is not sufficient for a solicitor to authenticate the information.

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Examples of when you may require a Notary?

  • Buying and selling property abroad
  • Investigating title to land in this country or abroad
  • Affidavits and declarations
  • Change of name by Deed Poll
  • Winding up Estates and Estate Planning

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How much does it cost to get my documents Notarised?

Fees are based on the time spent and the complexity involved in a particular matter.

Time will be required not only notarising the documents but may also include preliminary advice, research required to authenticate documents, contact with the Foreign Office and record keeping.

The fee is normally payable at the appointment and I accept cash or cheque.

The practice is not VAT registered, therefore VAT will not be added to your bill.

For a quotation please contact me.

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What do I need to bring to a meeting with a Notary Public?

Please bring with you:

  • Proof of your identity, passport/driving licence
  • Proof of your home address, utility bill
  • Proof you are authorised to sign if acting on behalf of an organisation
  • All papers and documentation relating to the matter to be discussed
  • Translation of document if not written in English

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