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Notary Services on the Isle of Wight
Glanvilles Damant no longer offer notary services on the Isle of Wight. Colin Samuelson, who worked at our Firm for many years, has now retired.
He does however continue to do notary work on a personal basis and can be contacted directly by telephone on 07803 146344 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Notary?
Notaries are an essential part of the legal profession in the United Kingdom, providing a wide range of services to both commercial firms and private individuals. As the oldest branch of the legal profession in the UK, notaries play a crucial role in the authentication and secure recording of various transactions, documents, and events. In this guide, we'll provide an overview of what a notary is, their role, and the services they offer.
A notary is a qualified lawyer appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and regulated by the Master of the Faculties. They are subject to similar rules as solicitors, including maintaining professional indemnity insurance and adhering to strict practice rules and conduct regulations. To renew their practising certificates annually, notaries must comply with all applicable rules.
What Does a Notary Do?
Notaries offer a wide range of services to both commercial firms and private individuals, including:
- Preparing and authenticating powers of attorney for use overseas
- Handling the purchase or sale of land and property abroad
- Authenticating foreign wills and providing documents for the administration of estates for people who are abroad or own property overseas
- Authenticating personal documents for immigration, emigration, marriage, or work purposes, such as educational or professional qualifications or declarations of freedom to marry
- Authenticating company and business documents, transactions, or providing certificates regarding the status of a company or the identity of its directors
Notaries can also provide authentication and secure records for almost any transaction, document, or event. They are authorised to carry out certain Reserved Activities under the Legal Services Act 2007, excluding contentious matters, immigration advice, and services or taking cases to court. While approximately half of notaries are also solicitors, others, like the Scrivener Notaries in London, practice only as notaries and focus on commercial, property, family, and private client work.
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