A Notary Public is a legally qualified professional who deals with the authentication of documents or attestation of signatures to documents that are usually to be used in overseas jurisdictions.
There are a limited number of Notary Publics in England & Wales and Wilkes are proud to offer clients access to this specialist service.
You may have been advised that your document also needs to be “apostilled” or “legalised”. This means that the notarial act needs to be authenticated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and depending on the country the document is for, legalised by that country’s embassy.
Please contact us in advance with any questions relating to your requirements as there will be a number of documents required in preparation for your visit.
Notary Fees and disbursements
Wherever possible we provide a fixed fee quote based on the information provided over the telephone or by email. We base this on an estimate of the time required by us to deal with the document. This includes carrying out regulatory checks, obtaining translations or information required from third parties to independently verify a document.
Depending on the type of document and the country it is being used in there may be extra costs (disbursements) such as translation fees, obtaining the apostille from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and embassy legalisation. We deal with the FCO direct but use a consular agent for all embassy work. We can also arrange certified translations through third parties. We can provide a quote on request for these disbursements. Postage costs are additional.
We are able to see clients in our Shirley, Solihull office and Birmingham City Centre office. I can also see clients at their home or office for an additional fee. All fees are due at the point of signing or dealing with the document.
Most documents can be dealt with within 24 hours (less on request but additional fees may be charged). This does not include the timescales of third parties such as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and embassies whose timescales can vary but estimates can be provided. Once the document has been legalised it can either be couriered directly to its destination, returned direct or to The Wilkes Partnership office for collection.
To comply with Money Laundering regulations we have to see at least two original forms of identification. Ideally a current passport together with evidence of address such as a bank statement or utility bill.
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