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The Role of a Notary Public for Business Clients

The principal role of 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:

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

Certifying documents relating to companies registered at Companies House or in foreign commercial registers

Assisting with documents required to set up a company abroad

Attesting tender documents and other documents which require to be signed on behalf of a company for use abroad

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

Certifying copies of academic qualifications

Certifying copies of passports and other documents

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

Presenting bills of exchange for acceptance and payment, noting and protesting bills in cases of dishonour

Attesting the signature and execution of documents

Authenticating the execution of documents

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.