Braitch Solicitors provides a notary public service.( Mr L S Braitch is our Notary Public and acts separately from the firm ) A notary public is authorised to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations, and witness and authenticate the execution of certain documents for use in foreign jurisdictions.
Most people need the services of a Notary Public to witness their signature of documents they have received from abroad, for example, documents relating to the sale or purchase of overseas property or to legal proceedings in foreign courts. Others may need a Notary Publicto certify the authenticity of a copy of a document or the due execution of a deed/ Power of Attorney for use in a foreign jurisdiction.
Some foreign jurisdictions require documents to be legalised (counter-signed) at their embassy or consulate. When the country concerned is a signatory to the Hague Convention, legalisation is carried out at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes which affixes a certificate known as an apostille. Legalisation simply means confirmation that the signature and seal or stamp on a document are genuine. The Notary can arrange legalisation through the post, or in urgent cases, through an agent.
The solicitors at Braitch Solicitors act as commissioners for oaths in respect of the taking of affidavits and statutory declarations for this country.