The office of Notary Public is the oldest legal profession in England and Wales.
What does a Notary Public do?
Their main role is in the notarisation, certification or authentication of documents and/or signatures for use abroad.
The may differ in other countries but a Notary Public in England and Wales may deal with:
- Apostille or other legalisation from a consultate
- Authentication of documentation needed for immigration, emigration application for marriage abroad
- Authentication of documentation for applications to marry abroad
- Authentication of documentation for applications to work abroad
- Certifying Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates
- Certifying Passports
- Company documentation certification
- Documentation for the administration of the estates of people who lived abroad or who owned property abroad
- Power of Attorneys (usually required by people in the UK to sell property abroad, buy property abroad or inherit property abroad)
- Sale or purchase of land or property abroad
- Shipping Protests
- Statutory Declarations
There are now less than 1,000 Notaries in the UK with only two Notaries in Chesterfield and very few Notaries in Derbyshire, so it may not be easy to find a Notary Public.
Anna Cattee is our in-house Notary Public, and she is able to deal with most matters where a Notary may be required by you or your company.
In her role as Notary, Ann is regulated separately from her role as company commercial solicitor, by the Faculty Office of The Archbishop of Canterbury.