Notary North Sydney

What is a notary?

Up until fairly recently, notaries were appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. That role has now passed to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Notaries are experienced solicitors, who have completed a notarial practice course and have proved their experience and why they need to be appointed.

Notarisation is the authentication of documents by an internationally recognised notary, including witnessing of signatures. It involved the notary signing documents and affixing a seal as proof that the document is genuine. Most importantly, the notary keeps a permanent record of the document, so its authenticity can always be proved. It is like the international equivalent of a justice of the peace. For example, if you need to establish a company in Singapore, or sell land in Europe, the local lawyers will ask you to have the documents witnessed by a notary.

How do you have a document notarised?

Tim Somerville has been a notary since 1989. Documents signed and sealed by him are recognised by virtually all of the embassies and consulates in Sydney and Canberra.

Just telephone Somerville Legal, ask for Shay Richardson  and arrange an appointment with Tim. Most international documents are needed urgently. If so, an appointment can usually be arranged within 24 hours or even sooner.

What do you bring?

If Tim is witnessing your signature, you must bring photo identification, like a passport or driving licence.

However, if all you need is a copy certified as a true copy of original, all you need to bring is the original.

Can the notary come to you?

It is cheaper for you to come to our office. However, Tim will notarise documents at your home or office if required. This is useful if you are trying to get a number of people together to sign a document at the same time.

What does it cost?

The fees for notarising documents at our office are $90 for one document and $20 per document for any additional documents, plus GST.

What do you do after the documents are notarised?

Most notarised documents are required by overseas governments. Their requirements vary from country to country and even from department to department.

Some require you to take the documents, after they are notarised to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Sydney, to have them attach a certificate (Apostille), recognising and authenticating Tim's seal.

Some even require you then to take the notarised and authenticated documents to their country's local consulate, for another certificate of authenticity to be attached.

You should check with whoever sent the documents to be notarised to find out whether such additional authentication is required.

What is an Apostille? (click here)


Please contact Tim Somerville, or Tim's P.A,  Shay Richardson on (02) 9923 2321

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