PDC Lawyers & Town Planners provides notarial services to our clients. Our director, Lorri Field, is a Notary Public appointed by the Supreme Court.
What does a Notary Public do?
A Notary Public has the statutory power to do the following:
- verify and certify documents for use overseas;
- certify copy documents for use overseas;
- administer oaths for international documents;
- attest documents and certify their due execution for use overseas;
- prepare and certify Power of Attorney, Wills, Deeds, Contracts and other legal documents for use overseas;
- witness signatures and the swearing of Affidavits, Statutory Declarations, Powers of Attorney, for use overseas; and
- exemplify official documents for use overseas.
A Notary carries out the above activities and can also assist with notarial activities relating to the following:
- overseas Police Checks;
- documents for personal use, such as passports, academic transcripts or testamurs and citizenship certificates;
- contracts that relate to the sale of foreign property or businesses, or sales with an overseas vendor/purchaser;
- Wills and probate documents involving overseas estates and beneficiaries;
- documents for international trademark or copyright, patent applications and infringements;
- overseas trade documentation, e.g. a Letter of Credit (LC);
- instruments affecting the transfer of land; and
- paperwork for the consent of a minor to travel overseas without their parents.
Official legal records
The seals and signatures of all appointed public notaries are officially recorded onto a database, which is held by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). DFAT is a department of the Australian government that is authorised to issue Apostille (Authentication Certificates), which certify that the signatures, seals or stamp of Public Notaries on Australian public documents are genuine. In addition to this, every Public Notary has their signature, seal or stamp registered with the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Society of Notaries of NSW.
What is an Apostille?
Most countries that are a party to the 1961 Hague Convention require an Apostille on documents that qualify as Australian public documents. A Notary Public does not affix an Apostille however their notarial certificate is, in most cases, a fundamental step in obtaining an Apostille.
If you require our notarial services the first step is to contact us for an appointment. You can then expect that:
- we will discuss documentation you will need to bring with you such as current and valid passport or driver’s licence that will confirm your current address;
- we will provide you with a cost estimate but the fee may vary depending on the assessment of the documents;
- our fees reflect the New South Wales Society of Notaries Fee Scale - which can be found at notarynsw.org.au/fees-scale; and
- you will need to bring any letters or extra information you have received to ensure that we can satisfy the legal and notarial requirements; and
- appointments may take between 20 minutes to 40 minutes depending on the complexity of your needs
Please inform us if the document is not in English as we may need to arrange translation services.
If you need more information contact us today.