• I will complete any task quickly and to your order
  • I will travel to you for your convenience
  • I am available at short notice
  • I am available for out of working hours  appointments.
  • I will tell you how much any job will cost when you let me know what you need doing. The simplest notarial task is £120 plus VAT and becomes more expensive depending upon complication, speed and making me run about for you.

Call the office on 01952 684544


Emergency number: 07831 828629

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is a professional qualified to certify documents for use in other countries. I aim to provide a speedy service and same or next day appointments are usually available.

What does a Notary Public do?

To validate documents for use in other Countries outside England & Wales

What sort of jobs do Notaries deal with?

  • Company documents
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Documents to buy and sell property abroad
  • Documents to allow Marriage abroad
  • Paperwork to effect adoption of children from abroad
  • Insurance and probate paperwork
  • Sponsorship or working abroad documents

This is a brief list of some of the jobs a Notary Public does.

What do I bring to an appointment?

As a Notary I must ensure that each person signing is appropriately identified by photograph and address in original documents:

  • Passport preferably or photo card driving licence
  • Proof of your current England or Wales address (driving licence, utility bill)
  • Also bring the document(s) to be notarised (if you email this document to me at Shefalib@elliottbridgman.com I can speed up the process so the document can be looked at before your appointment, and any issues addressed)

Some people are unable to come to my office because of disability or work commitments or for other reasons and I am happy to make arrangements to see you in your home or office. I also offer out of working hours appointments. This will increase the charges.

Witnesses

If you need witnesses I will supply them with at my offices. For home appointments this must be discussed.

Document Preparation

Most documents will be prepared by someone at the place who want the document. Some documents I can prepare for you but this may affect the cost of my services.

Legalisation

Many countries wish to ensure that I am properly authorised to act as a Notary. This is done by a procedure called Legalisation – I normally arrange this and there is a fee involved.
All countries have different Legalisation requirements and for most this means applying to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for an Apostille under the Hague Convention of Legalisation. Once a document has been notarised some countries may also enquire the document to be certified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by way of Apostille and/or their particular Embassy. I can arrange for this to be done for you. An Apostille is £48.00 per document and Embassy Legalisation varies from £20.00 to £500.00. This adds 5 working days to the process; most tasks are either done immediately or can be completed within 7 days.

Insurance

I am obliged to have insurance against claims by the Faculty Office.

Cost

I can give you a firm cost estimate over the telephone prior to an appointment. Notary fees start at £120.00 + VAT, increasing incrementally depending on the number of documents you are needing to sign and the number of people signing and the process of authentication. Complex work is charged at an hourly rate. If you ring me I will give you an indication of the likely costs involved.
I can also visit your premises in which case there is an additional charge for travel.

Regulation

My work as a Notary is separate from my work as a Solicitor. Notaries are regulated through the Faculty Office of The Archbishop of Canterbury. I am also regulated by the Legal Ombudsman.

Complaints

If you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please contact me and I will seek to resolve any issues. If I am unable to resolve the matter you may then refer the matter to the Notaries Society through its complaint procedure. This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute. In that case please write (but do not enclose any original documents) with full details of your complaint to:-

The Secretary of the Notary Society
Old Church Chambers
23 Sandhill Road
St James
Northampton
NN5 5LH
Tel: 01604 758908
Email: secretary@thenotariessociety.org

After your complaint has been considered under the Notaries Society Complaints procedure if you are not satisfied with the result you may within six months of the end of the procedure refer the matter to the Legal Ombudsman:-

Legal Ombudsman
Baskerville House
Centenary Square
Broad Street
Birmingham
B1 2ND
Tel: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Please feel free to call me or my Secretary Shefali Bhamra on 01952 684544 if you have any enquiries or email your questions to shefalib@elliottbridgman.com

What happens to the paperwork?

Every document is different but the usual steps are:-

  • Give me a ring get an estimate for the costs  involved and to book an appointment.
  • If possible fax or e-mail me what paperwork you have. I can then give you a better idea of costs and I can get ready to do my job more quickly.
  • When you come to see me make sure that as any individual signing paperwork you bring:-
    • Your passport (or your photocard driving licence)
    • A recent utility bill with your name and address on it (e.g. gas, electric or council tax bill)

    When you are preparing a document for a company I will need to see evidence of the Company Memorandum and Articles of Association, proof of the company representative (by passport, utility bill ect) and sometimes minutes approving the proposed purpose of the document to be prepared.

  • At the meeting I satisfy myself of your identity, check all is in order and then I notarise your documents, providing you with an original version.
  • It is usually a singular transaction so be ready to pay for the services there and then.
  • Watch out for whether your document also needs apostilisation and/or legalisation. I can find this out for you. This requires another process that I can do for you or you can do yourself but it will add to the time and costs. We can advise you when this is needed and how much the process will cost, we can also attend to all of this for you if you wish.
  • If you have a document and you wish it notarised but you do not fully understand the language then I will insist on a formal translation for you. Again this adds to the time and money.
  • I can do anything for you quickly and efficiently but the more complex the job the more you will pay.
  • At no charge I will try over the telephone to help you know what you need to know to make your paperwork effective.

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