Notary in Crawley

The office of notary is an ancient one dating from Roman times. In England, notaries are appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury under royal authority. While this may sound very archaic, notaries in fact perform a very important role, and the office of notary is recognised internationally around the world.

A notary performs the very important task of assisting individuals and organisations to conduct their legal affairs in other countries. There are many reasons why you might want to engage the services of a notary at some point. These include the following:

  • when you’re buying or selling property abroad
  • when you need to sign or have witnessed legal documents for use overseas
  • if you’re dealing with the estate of someone who lived overseas or has left property overseas
  • if you need documents authenticated that relate to immigration or emigration
  • if you’re involved in litigation overseas and need documents authenticating
  • if you’re involved in overseas adoption proceedings.

These are just some of the reasons why you might need the services of a notary. If you do ever need to instruct a notary, you can be sure that their signature and seal on your documents will ensure that they are accepted in any other country. Sometimes a document that a notary has authenticated will need to go through a further process of being ‘legalised’. This either takes place at the Foreign or Commonwealth Office or at an embassy or consulate. Your notary will inform you if this is the case, and can deal with these requirements on your behalf.