Notary Public Cumbria

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Welcome to Notary Public Cumbria

I am a Notary Public conveniently located in the centre of Cumbria. I am based at an office in Penrith town centre but will travel to any part of the county and also see my clients outside office hours at their home or business premises if required.

I provide a comprehensive notarial service including where necessary the legalisation of documents at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (the "apostille") and at foreign Embassies and Consulates.

I provide a same-day service which is efficient and cost-effective. Estimates are given without obligation and my charges are not subject to VAT, making a 20% cost saving.

Please visit the contact page to obtain advice or to arrange Notarisation or Legalisation.

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What is a Notary Public?

A Notary, or Notary Public, can witness or authenticate any document. A Notary can also obtain legalisation or an apostille, if needed.

You will normally require the services of a Notary Public when you have documents which are needed to be used abroad. The Notary's signature and seal will verify to the authorities in that country that the relevant checks have been carried out.

The need for a Notary public is dictated by the requirements of the country where the document is to be used. For example, if you wish to buy a property abroad, it is often necessary to give your overseas lawyer power to deal with the purchase. This can be done by means of a power of attorney, which is signed by you in front of a Notary. The Notary public will confirm your name and identity and sign the document and seal it with their official seal. Often, an apostille is needed to verify the signature and seal of the Notary.

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What does a Notary Public actually do?

A Notary Public must always check the identity of the signatory as well as his or her capacity and intention. This will involve the checking of certain documents such as a passport and separate proof of address. They may witness the signature of the person involved and/or ensure that the document is signed in accordance with English Law.

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What services does Notary Public Cumbria offer?

Notaries generally act as legally trained impartial witnesses to certify documents for use outside the UK.

Notary Public Cumbria offers:

  • Witnessing the execution of documents and verifying the authenticity of signatures
  • Certifying Powers of Attorney for use abroad
  • Certifying passports
  • Notarising documents for use in buying or selling property abroad
  • Certifying birth and marriage certificates
  • Verifying translations from foreign documents to English and vice versa
  • Notarising Bills of exchange and other contracts
  • Legalisation of the notaries signature and seal by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and/or by the embassy of the relevant country
  • The provision of Notarial copies
  • Notarising medical reports and police reports for use in connection with adoption
  • Authenticating the contents of documents
  • Certifying examination certificates
  • Confirming identification records when applying for lost or stolen passports
  • Notarising foreign Wills

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Independence and Rules

A Notary is an independent officer and must not do anything to compromise this. They should not act in matters where they have a personal interest, and are subject to professional rules and standards to ensure the protection of their clients. They are also bound to follow the rules on the prevention of money laundering. Notaries must be insured against negligence and dishonesty.

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Public Records kept by a Notary

A Notary will keep copies of all the public official documents that they make and this serves as a public record. They must make these available to all those who have a proper right to see them including their client and any other parties involved in such documents. They also refer to the record to make copies when needed.

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Conflicts of Interest

A Notary has to act independently and impartially. A Notary may act for both parties to a contract, but they have to identify potential conflicts of interest if they exist and try to resolve them if possible.

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Foreign Languages

Documents presented to a Notary may be in a foreign language. The Notary must ensure that the client understands the meaning and effect of the document (and may need to understand the document themselves by way of a translation). Notaries do not usually give advice about the meaning or effect of a document or transaction. It is important that the client shows the Notary any correspondence or advice that he has been given by others.

A Notary Public may also be known as a Notario Publico, Notaio, Notario, Notar or a Notaire.

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Some documents to be used outside the UK may need to be legalised. Legalisation means that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office puts a certificate on the document confirming the Notary's credentials. The Foreign Office certificate, for many countries, is known as an Apostille. A separate certificate or stamp from the relevant consulate may also be needed.

Legalisation is a double check to make sure that the Notary signature is genuine and recognised and this is done by government departments and consulates. Documents are checked by foreign consulates to make sure that the Notary's signature matches the one on their records.

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