A Notary Public is a solicitor who has also been admitted and registered by the Law Society of Scotland as a Notary Public. The role of Notary Public includes witnessing any legal documents which require to be witnessed and signed by a Notary Public, as well as taking sworn statements on oath (known as “Affidavits”). A Notary Public will also have a stamp or seal which may need to be used to accompany their signature (particularly in relation to documents required for use abroad – discussed further, below).
Typical fixed fees for notarising documents are £50 plus VAT per document.
If the document which you require notarised is to be used overseas, it may be that the company or person abroad who requires the document will need it to have a further form of authentication, known as an “Apostille”. Our fee for Apostilles is £100 plus VAT for the first document (there is an additional fee for this process, charged by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which is currently £30 per document).
Our prices above include:
- taking your instructions,
- providing advice as appropriate to your requirements
- completing the signing docket on the document,
- verifying your identification and executing the document,
- arranging for the document to be Apostilled by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, if applicable.
Our fixed fee, above, does not include:
- liaising with another solicitor (e.g. a solicitor overseas) to negotiate and agree the drafting of the document to be notarised;
- preparing any accompanying Affidavit or document.