A Notary is a qualified lawyer who is appointed and regulated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Most notaries are solicitors all though there is in no need to be a solicitor to become a notary.
Notaries are mainly concerned with the authentication and certification of documents which will be used abroad. These documents include commercial and private client documents.
Notaries acting for commercial clients would prepare the following:
- Providing notarised copies of company documents.
- Witnessing Powers of Attorney, Trade mark Applications and renewals.
- Dealing with Shipping matters in cases where notarial intervention is needed.
- Dealing with dishonoured bills of exchange.
- Providing notarially verified ID of Directors and others for use abroad.
- Attesting Declarations or Affidavits for use in foreign court cases.
- Taking evidence statements in proceedings outside the UK.