FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR NOTARY SERVICES?


I only have one document. What are your notarisation fees for one document?

Please note we do not charge on the basis of the number of documents or notary stamps.

We charge on the basis of time spent at £215 per hour or part thereof.  There is a minimum fee of £75.00.  VAT is not charged.

Where a notary matter can be completed in 20 minutes we charge a fee of £75.00. Otherwise our notary fee is based on time spent at £215.00 per hour. For example, where 28 minutes are spent our fee would be £100.33.

If for any reason I need to travel to you, any travel time is charged at the above hourly rate.

What does the notary do in a notarisation?

A notary cannot simply stamp whatever document is presented. The stamp of a notary carries great weight internationally, and reliance is made by parties around the world as well as our regulator that the notary who has placed a stamp on a document has, in addition to making and keeping standard  business records, also completed the following:

• carried out proper identification checks (this may not be required for previous clients who have used our services in the previous three years). We are required by law to verify the identity of all clients. Any notary will request you  bring your original passport (with photograph and signature) or your driving licence (if a photograph is included) AND one utility bill (not a mobile phone bill) or bank statement from within the last 3 months  bearing your name/s and home address.

• complied with applicable money laundering regulations,

• explained terms of business, and kept copy signed by the client (may not be required for previous clients),

• taken steps to determine the client's authority to sign the document (may require proof of corporate status & copies of memo & arts, board minutes, etc.), his or her capacity to understand the document, and that the document is signed voluntarily,

• entered client and transaction data on the required notarial register,

• made and recorded copies of the notarised document, signed terms of business, instructions from the receiving parties and,

• has checked whether an “apostille” may be required from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and/or legalisation through an embassy or consulate.

It will normally take about 15 or so minutes to complete the above tasks, or less for previous clients.

The minimum fee is unlikely to apply where additional tasks have to be undertaken, including but not limited to:

• where requested or where necessary, the notary has to amend an existing document provided by the client or third party, or prepare an appropriate new document,

• where the notary has to certify and notarise numerous documents, where there is a lot of photocopying, or  photocopying of documents larger than A4 (while notaries are normally required to personally make their own photocopies, in the event the size of original documents to be notarised is larger than A4 please make such copies elsewhere beforehand and bring these copies along with the original documents)

• where the notary has to take steps to independently verify the authenticity of a document or event (such as where the document to be notarised is a diploma or degree from a UK based University which is to be sent to the FCO for an apostille)

Do I need to sign the documents in the presence of a Notary?

It is almost always necessary that the notary actually see you sign the document(s).

Most documents require the notary to certify that you (the appearing person) appeared on a certain date before him or her at a certain location (normally the notary's office), and that the notary was able to identify you on the basis of identification documents produced by you. Such documents almost always provide that the notary witnessed you sign the relevant document in his or presence.  This is normally required either by English or the applicable foreign law to confirm the formal validity of the document. It is rare that a document required to be notarised does not recite the above.

Can I use my solicitor to deal with these documents? 

If your solicitor is also a notary, then he or she can deal with the documents. Only acts of notaries are recognised abroad by foreign governments.  The acts of solicitors are accepted only in the UK and where such are sent abroad such can cause serious problems.  Where such solicitors seek to perform a notarisation, such may be a violation of the UK Legal Services Act. 

We have seen where an English solicitor who was not also a notary signed his name above a preprinted line setting out "name of notary" on a deed for the sale of property abroad.  Unfortunately, the buyer relied on the deed and transferred the purchase price to the seller on the basis of having received proper title through the invalid "notarised deed". 

What is an "apostille" and can you provide one to me?

An apostille is obtained from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and confirms that the person signing (the notary or government official) the notarial act or relevant government document (such as a birth certificate) is in fact authorised to do so. It normally takes three days (but can take up to five) to obtain an apostille.
What is a notary?

Perhaps you don't know what a notary is.  This is not uncommon.  Notaries are in fact both the oldest and smallest branch of the UK legal profession. 

A Notary Public's work has historically dealt with the authentication, certification, and execution of documents for use abroad.   Such documents may relate to overseas property transactions, confirmation of academic degrees, administration of the affairs of people who have died, business transactions in other countries, court proceedings and/or emigration. 

What is the difference between a notary and a solicitor? 

In relation to reserved legal activities under the Legal Services Act, both notaries and solicitors are authorised persons for the following reserved legal activities: reserved instrument activities (conveyancing), probate activities, and the administration of oaths. Only the solicitor may deal with the exercise of right of audience and the conduct of litigation while only a notary may deal with notarial activities.

Unlike the duties that solicitors owe to their clients, when a
Notary Public carries out his public duty in a notarisation he is said to also have a responsibility to the transaction itself.  In recognition of this, the seal and signature of an English Notary Public carries more weight than that of a solicitor and is recognised not only by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but also by various High Commissions, Consulates, and Embassies in England and throughout the world regardless of the legal systems adopted in various countries.

Documents required to be completed by you for administrative agencies and/or trading partners abroad often require you specifically use the services of a notary public and not the services of someone who is a solicitor only.
I have been a full-time practising lawyer since 1992.  After initially qualifying and practising in the United States (Florida [1994] & Ohio [1992]), I moved to the UK in 1999 and qualified as an English solicitor and practised as such for 11 years.  In 2008 I qualified as an English notary public. In 2011 I became a full member of STEP, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and in 2013 received the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation.

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legal marketplace following the Legal Services Act 2007, you need now more than ever to take care in selecting who will provide you legal advice or services.

As well as legal work, our firm carries out notarial work for commercial firms engaged in international trade and for private individuals who have dealings in other countries. 
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OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR LEGAL OR NOTARY SERVICES?

Our office can be reached Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Just telephone us at 01934 837280, or alternatively either e-mail us at info@attorney-notary.co.uk, or complete the contact form below to contact us. 

Please do not ask for our fees or ask for a quote as this information is set out on this website.  If there is a certain day or time you wish to make an appointment, please let us know so we can confirm this to you.
I am Kevin Michael Burke JD PgDip TEP, a lawyer and notary, and the owner of this practice.  I and my staff welcome you to our firm's main website. We are people-focused. We listen to you in order to determine your circumstances, what you are looking for, and especially what you wish to avoid. 
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Need a document notarised?

Need a will? 

Need to amend a will?

Looking for a lasting power of attorney?

Need assistance in the probate or administration of an estate?

Looking to open a probate in England & Wales for the UK estate of a foreign national?

Such legal work is referred to as "private client" work.  We want to be the private client law firm you choose for your legal and notarial work.

So who are we and how are we qualified to assist you?
Our aim is  simple, to provide you with professional high quality legal and notarial services at a reasonable price. We keep things simple and straightforward. You can certainly face more hurdles without the correct legal representation so it is in your interest to carefully research your possible choices.
The rules and principles which govern a notary's practice are the Notaries Practice Rules 2014. These rules are very similar to the rules which affect solicitors. Notaries must maintain professional indemnity and fidelity cover for the protection of both clients and the public.  Notaries must keep clients' money separate and must comply with strict rules relating to conduct and discipline in order to be able to renew their "practising certificate" every year.  Please note, the regulator for notaries is the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The voluntary representative society for notaries public is The Notaries Society.
What type of documents do you typically notarise?

The documents which we most often notarise include the following:

• Individual powers of attorney, particularly those related to nominating a lawyer or other person abroad to act in your place in the sale or purchase of foreign property

• Corporate powers of attorney from English companies

• Issuing good standing certificates for English companies

• Establishment of foreign subsidiaries by English    companies

• Obtaining certified copies of passports and educational qualifications

• Statutory declarations and affidavits

• Opening of foreign bank accounts, for both individuals and companies

How do I confirm you are in fact a notary public?

To confirm my appointment as a notary public by our regulator under the Legal Services Act, the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, click here.  Click here to perform a search to  confirm my membership of The Notaries Society.

Do you offer evening and/or weekend appointments?

In that my office is about five minutes from my home, where an appointment for a weekday evening or weekend morning is desired, subject to my wife and family's plans for me, I can often agree to make such an appointment. 

Where your documents also require witnesses, please note that witnesses may not always be available on evenings and weekends, so in some cases you may need to bring witnesses.

How can payment be made for notarial or legal services?

Payment can be made by cash, bank transfer (our banking details are on our invoices), cheque, or card (we cannot take card payment over the phone).  We can take payment in person by any credit or debit card that displays a Visa, VPay, MasterCard, Maestro or American Express logo.



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