A notary is a legal professional who can authenticate documents, arrange legalisation and obtain Apostilles. Lionel Lennox is the notary public at Lupton Fawcett and has been providing notarial services for over 20 years.
What is a Notary?
A notary is a qualified legal professional who is regulated by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and is subject to regulation by the Master of the Faculties. It is the oldest profession in England for providing legal services to the public.
Notaries are a separate and distinct legal professional from solicitors. Like solicitors, they must renew their practising certificates every year, be fully insured and maintain fidelity cover for the protection of the public and their clients.
Areas of Expertise
The role of the notary public is to witness documents for individuals and businesses, usually for those that need to be used abroad. Authentication from a notary is by the notary’s seal of office and signature. Authentication is sufficient in many foreign legal jurisdictions to verify to the relevant authorities that the document will be accepted by lawyers, government officers and courts in the country concerned and so assisting the individual or company carrying out their legal business in the overseas country.
Other duties include:
- Witnessing the signature and execution of documents
- Authenticating the contents of a document
- Administering oaths and declarations
- Notarising documents frequently used in foreign countries include:
- Powers of attorney for buying or selling of property
- Trading goods
- Immigration and emigration
- Marriage, divorce and adoption
- Verifying translations from/to English
- Certifying identification documents, including passports and education or professional qualifications
- Certificates by the notary concerning documents available from Companies House and other documents produce to him
Attending an Appointment
For the notary to be able to fulfil their duties, you must attend an appointment and provide the relevant documents to prove your identity and residence.
To prove your identity you will need to provide one of the following:
- A passport
- A photo driving licence
- A national identity card
- An armed forces pass
To provide proof of residence, you must present one of the following:
- A bank or building society statement
- A utility bill
- A tenancy agreement
- A formal Notice or Assessment from HMRC (Inland Revenue)
- A council tax demand
For businesses, additional documentation will need to be provided. We will advise you on what needs to be brought when you make an appointment.
The notary will need to be satisfied that you understand any document, particularly any document that is not in English.
About Lionel Lennox
Lionel Lennox is a long-standing notary public and director at Lupton Fawcett. He has been providing notarial services for clients mainly from York and North Yorkshire since 1992. His expertise includes providing notarial services to private individuals and companies and arranging legalisation at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as foreign consulates in London.
To discuss your requirements and to arrange an appointment with Lionel Lennox in York or a notary public in Leeds or Sheffield, please call directly on 01904 623487, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the details below. A car park space can usually be provided in York if booked in advance.
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