Notary Public Oxford

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I am a Notary Public based in Oxford with offices on the ring road for ease of access and parking. I operate in the offices of Freeths Solicitors but I am entirely independent of that firm.

I offer my services to both companies and individuals.

My services are available either at the offices of Freeths Solicitors or at your office, bank or other convenient meeting place.

The information below is intended to answer any initial questions you may have. Please contact me for more information, to obtain a quote or to arrange a consultation.

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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 consular 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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Notary services for businesses

A Notary Public can provide the following services for businesses:

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Notary services for individuals

A Notary Public can provide the following services for individuals:

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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.

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What is Legalisation or Apostille?

Many countries also require 'notarised' documents to be legalised. Legalisation is a further process of double check to make sure that the Notary's signature is genuine and recognised by the relevant country. The requirement for this will depend on the foreign country involved. Once the authenticity of the Notary's signature is confirmed a certificate is attached by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, called an "Apostille". Consular Legalisation may be required as well.

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Documents in a foreign language

If a document requiring the Notary's certificate is in a foreign language it is usually necessary for the document to be translated by an official legal translator who will then sign a declaration certifying that it is a true translation before a Notary. Your Notary can arrange this.

In some circumstances the Notary may be satisfied to deal with documents in a foreign language if he is 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 2007, 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 is to be certified must provide one of the following original identification documents at the time of the appointment.

In addition, the Notary requires proof of residence, which can be one of the following original documents:

When I am acting for a corporate client, evidence of the due incorporation of the company or entity is required. This can be by me through Freeths Solicitors commercial department online to the Companies Registry or by your providing originals of the following as appropriate:

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 or discuss this with me:

Please ask me to provide an estimate of fees and disbursements (such as consular fees).

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