Expert, internationally recognised notarial services
People are often surprised to learn that they require the services of a Notary Public. If you are buying or selling a property abroad you often have to appoint a foreign lawyer to act for you in the transaction and the Power of Attorney document that is required will usually have to be notarised.
Also, if one parent or a grandparent wants to accompany a child on a foreign trip. A child’s consent to travel will usually need to be notarised in the UK before it can be used.
Anyone requiring notarised documents can rely on a UK Notary to provide documentation that will be recognised in the foreign country quickly and at reasonable cost. We even deal with any legalisation requirements for you at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or the applicable Embassy.
Hamers solicitors of Hull, conveniently located close to the A63 and the Humber Bridge offer notarial services to the local community.
5 Earls Court
Priory Park East
Hull, HU4 7DY
Tel: 01482 639636
Mob. 07716 807405
Mandatory Information for Notary Public clients
STEPHEN WALKER NOTARY PUBLIC
Hamers Solicitors LLP
5 Earls Court
Priory Park east
Tel: 01482 639636
The service provided by me is that of a Notary Public carrying out all permitted notarial activities including, where appropriate, arranging legalisation of documents and sending them to their destination. An essential part of a notary’s role is to maintain and keep records. You can view details of how I handle your data on request.
The fee for a transaction will be based on the time spent in completing the documentation based on my charge rate of £250 per hour. The fee charged may include time spent on preliminary advice, drafting and preparation time, making and receiving telephone calls, correspondence written and received in all formats, arranging legalisation and record keeping. In most cases we can agree on a fixed fee before commencing work.
If the transaction involves the signing of a legal document, you should note that my fee only covers the execution of the document in question. It is not a part of my service to advise on the content or effectiveness of the document as that will concern the rules and laws of a foreign country. If you have any queries regarding the document itself and your rights and responsibilities, you should speak to the lawyer or representative who prepared the document on your behalf.
Some documents require legalisation before they will be accepted for use in the receiving jurisdiction by obtaining an apostille through the UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office and, for some countries, additional legalisation is required through the relevant embassy or consulate. The cost of FCDO legalisation for one document through our agent CDN Consular Services is approximately £60 including return postage fees. Additional postage or courier fees will be payable if you require the document to be sent on to the receiving country. Embassy legalisations are charged separately as the fees vary between Embassies.
Payment can be made by debit or credit card on the day I see you or I will send an invoice to you for payment.
Occasionally unforeseen or unusual issues arise during the course of the matter which may result in a revision of my fee estimate. Examples of this could include where additional documents are required to be notarised, additional translations or legalisations are needed to meet the requirements of the receiving jurisdiction, third party fees are adjusted to reflect external factors such as fuel price changes and so on. I will notify you of any changes in the fee estimate as soon as possible.
Each notarial matter is different and the requirements will vary according to whether the client is a private individual or a company. Some of the typical key stages are likely to include:
- Receiving and reviewing the documents to be notarised together with any instructions you may have received
- Liaising with your legal advisors or other bodies to obtain the necessary documentation to deal with the document (e.g. information from Companies
House or foreign registries, powers of attorney etc)
- Checking the identity, capacity and authority of the person who is to sign the document
- If a document is to be certified, checking with the issuing authorities that the document/award is genuine. In the case of academic awards, this
would entail checking with the appropriate academic institutions.
- Meeting with the signatory to verify their identity and to ascertain that they understand what they are signing and that they are doing so of their
own free will and ensuring that the document is executed correctly
- Drafting and affixing or endorsing a notarial certificate to the document
- Arranging for the legalisation of the document as appropriate
- Arranging for the storage of copies of all notarised documents in accordance with the requirements of the Notarial Practice Rules 2019
- Stages 1 to 6 above are only likely to take a few days to one week to complete in total, legalisation (stage 7) is carried out by outside agencies
beyond my control and can take anything from one to four weeks to complete.
I am insured under a professional indemnity policy for at least £1,000,000.00.
Complaints and Regulatory Information
1. My notarial practice is regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury:
The Faculty Office
1, The Sanctuary
London SW1P 3JT
Telephone: 020 7222 5381
2. If you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please do not hesitate to contact me.
3. If we are unable to resolve the matter you may then complain to the Notaries Society of which I am a member, who have a Complaints Procedure which is approved by the Faculty Office. This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute.
4. In that case please write (but do not enclose any original documents) with full details of your complaint to :-
The Secretary of The Notaries Society
P O Box 1023
Ipswich IP1 9XB
If you have any difficulty in making a complaint in writing please do not hesitate to contact the Notaries Society/the Faculty Office for assistance.
5. Finally, even if you have your complaint considered under the Notaries Society Approved Complaints Procedure, you may at the end of that procedure, or after a period of 8 weeks from the date you first notified me that you were dissatisfied, make your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, if you are not happy with the result :
P O Box 6806
Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ
Tel : 0300 555 0333
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.legalombudsman.org.uk
6. If you decide to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, you must refer your matter to the Legal Ombudsman within one year from the act/omission or within one year from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
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