Notary Public in Norwich

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Margaret Masterson is a Notary Public based in Norwich.

I am able to offer flexible appointment times where necessary, including some evenings and weekends. Out of office meetings can also be arranged. It is always necessary to fix a meeting. I do not see clients without a prearranged appointment.

Please contact me for an estimate or to discuss your requirements.

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What does a Notary Public do?

A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or witness most documents. A Notary can also arrange legalisation or obtain Apostilles, if needed. You will often require the services of a Notary Public when you have documents which are to be used abroad. The Notary's signature and seal will verify to the authorities in that country that any relevant identity or authority checks have been carried out and that the document has been properly signed.

It is not the notary’s role to advise on foreign documents. Margaret Masterson cannot in any circumstances advise on the laws or processes of any country so cannot review or comment on the contents or effect of any particular documents. You should ensure that you fully understand the nature and effect of any papers you are to sign and raise questions with your advising lawyers before making any appointment.

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Seeing a Notary Public

You may need to see a Notary to:

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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.

Solicitors form by far the largest part of the legal profession. They provide advice and representation to their clients on a wide variety of legal issues, usually within the legal framework of their country of residence.

One important difference between a Notary and a Solicitor is that whereas a Solicitor's primary duty is to his client, the Notary's primary duty is to the transaction and the authenticity of the documents. As Notary Publics are recognised worldwide, they have to maintain absolute integrity and impartiality to maintain the standing of the Notarial profession.

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What is Legalisation or Apostille?

Many countries also require notarised documents to be legalised. This is a system which exists all round the world, not just in the UK. Legalisation is a double check to make sure that the Notary's signature is genuine. All Notaries signatures and seals are recorded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Once the authenticity of the signature is confirmed a certificate is attached, called an "Apostille". Documents may also need to be checked by foreign embassies to make sure that the Notary's signature matches the one on their records. The requirement for this will depend on the foreign country involved.

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Documents in a foreign language

If a document requiring notarisation is in a foreign language it may be necessary for the document to be translated by an official translator who will then have to sign a statutory declaration certifying that it is a true translation.

In some cases the Notary may be able to watch the signing of a foreign document and then prepare a covering certificate on which they fix their seal of office and signature to confirm that they have witnessed the signing and checked identity. The Notary must be completely satisfied that the person signing is fully conversant with the language of the document and has been properly advised on its contents.

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What identification does a Notary Public require?

One essential part of a Notary's work is to identify the people who they see. This has always been a part of the Notary's records to ensure that documents are correctly signed and may be relied on by persons overseas.

Plus following the implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations 2003, 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 they are to certify must provide one of the following original identification documents at the time of the appointment.

In addition, they require proof of residence, which can be one of the following original documents: (Such documents should not be more than 3 months old and should not be ones you have printed from your computer )

When a Notary Public is acting for a corporate client, evidence of the due incorporation of the company or entity is required. The Notary will usually wish to make their own enquiries of the Companies Registry to obtain some documents such as:

In addition to the above, each individual signatory will also need to produce both one of the photo identification documents listed above plus a proof of residence as detailed above.

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What does it cost?

An early indication of the costs can usually be given in advance but so that we can establish the charges please tell us the following:

Margaret Masterson's costs do not carry VAT.

Please visit the contact us page to obtain a quotation.

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