Notary Public Yeovil

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Welcome to Notary Public Yeovil

I am a Notary Public acting for clients in Sherborne, Yeovil and throughout the surrounding area.

I qualified as a solicitor in 1975 and as a Notary Public in 1983, but retired as a solicitor in 2007.

I am happy to see notarial clients in Sherborne, or alternatively at their premises if more convenient.
Appointments are usually in normal office hours, but can be outside those hours if necessary.
Please contact me for a quotation or to arrange an appointment.
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What services does a Notary Public provide?

A Notary Public (or Notary) authenticates and legalises documents, particularly those for use abroad. A Notary's seal and signature will verify to the authorities in that country that the relevant checks have been carried out and that the client's signature is genuine.

A Notary will have regard to the legal requirements both of the country where the document is to be used and of England and Wales. For example, if you are buying property abroad, it is often necessary to give your overseas lawyer a power of attorney to act on your behalf. That power of attorney will need certification by a Notary.

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Notary services for businesses.

A Notary can formalise legal documentation for

  • Assignments or registration of trade marks.
  • Apostille and legalisation.
  • Powers of attorney.
  • Certification of Company documents and records.
  • Affidavits, statutory declarations and sworn statements.
  • Property transactions, transfers, purchases and sales.
  • Any other documents for use abroad including court papers.

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Notary services for individuals.

A Notary can formalise legal documents such as

  • Copies of passports.
  • Powers of attorney.
  • Certified copies of qualification certificates.
  • Transfers of land, or shares.
  • Lost passport declarations.
  • Statutory declarations.
  • Oaths.
  • Permission for children to travel with one parent.
  • Sponsorship declarations.
  • Any other legal documents for use abroad, including court papers.

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Documents in a foreign language.

If a document requiring notarisation is in a foreign language it may be necessary for it to be translated by a qualified translator, who will then have to swear a statutory declaration certifying the translation as true. This will need to be done in front of the Notary. I will advise you of the cost of this.

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What is Legalisation or Apostille?

Many countries require a Notary's seal and signature to be certified as genuine by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. This called an apostille. I can arrange this if required or you can do it online.

In addition some countries require the certification by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to be certified as genuine by their own embassy/commercial legation. Again, I can arrange this if required.

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Independence and Rules.

A Notary is a qualified but independent officer of the courts and must not do anything to compromise this position. All Notaries are subject to professional rules and standards, and most are or have been qualified as silicitors. They are bound to comply with the rules on money laundering. They must also carry insurance against negligence and dishonesty.

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Public Records kept by a Notary.

A Notary will keep a register of all the official documents that he makes. This is a permanent public record which can be accessed by everyone who has a right to see them, including the clients. Please see "Data Protection" for my data protection policy.

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Conflicts of Interest.

A Notary must act independently and impartially. A Notary may act for both (or all) parties in a transaction, but must identify potential conflicts of interest where they arise, and try to resolve them. If resolution is not possible, the Notary cannot act for any party.

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What identification does a Notary Public require?

A Notary is obliged to keep sufficient evidence on file of the identity and address of every client. Each person signing a document before the Notary must produce ONE of the following original identification documents

  • Passport .
  • Driving licence with photo card .
  • National Identity Card (EU nationals).
  • Armed Forces pass (with photo and signature).
  • Firearms licence (with photo and signature)

In addition proof of address is required which can be ONE of the following documents

  • Bank statement or letter from a Bank
  • Inland Revenue tax demand or self assessment statement.
  • Driving licence with photo card.

Where a Notary is acting for a corporate client, evidence of the status and authority of the person acting on behalf of the company or entity is required. Where appropriate a Notary will carry out a search at Companies House for this information.

In addition , each signatory will have to provide the individual identification listed above.

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What does it cost?

Although the level of charges depends on the time taken for each notarisation, I will try to give a fixed quotation wherever possible. If this is not possible I will give an estimate of likely charges. In either case I will also give a quotation for the sums that will be paid to others, such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the embassies etc. Please contact me to obtain a quotation/estimate.

Please contact me to obtain a quotation/estimate.