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The Role of a Notary Public for Individual Clients

The principal role of a Notary in England and Wales is to provide independent proof of documents, transactions and facts to the satisfaction of authorities overseas.
This involves careful checking and drafting and typically covers such work as:

Certifying copies of academic qualifications

Certifying copies of passports and other documents

Attesting powers of attorney and other documents for use in countries throughout the world

Sponsorship documents

Affidavits confirming freedom to marry (often required to marry abroad)

Documents for foreign adoption applications

Attesting the signature and execution of documents

Authenticating the execution of documents

Authenticating the signing of an acknowledgment for use in the United States of America

Applying for legalisation of documents at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (sometimes called ‘obtaining an apostille') and for legalisation when necessary from the relevant embassy

Administering oaths, affidavits and statutory declarations for foreign jurisdictions

Other documents for use overseas which require authentication

Providing Notarised copies

Taking evidence in England and Wales (often referred to as depositions) for use in foreign courts