Parslows provide expert Notarial authentication of your personal legal documents for individual clients.
Notarial Services for Individuals
The fundamental role of a Jersey Notary is to provide proof of documents, transactions and facts to the satisfaction of authorities overseas. For individuals, this will usually involve dealing with the requirements of lawyers or others overseas who have advised that you need to get a document notarised or legalised.
Our notary services for individuals include:
- Witnessing your signature on documents for use outside of Jersey
- Witnessing powers of attorney, enabling the appointment of representatives from overseas to help you buy or sell your property outside of Jersey
- Taking oaths, affidavits and statutory declaration verifications, and certifying copies of your academic qualifications in support of applications to work overseas
- Proving your identity to bank officials or governmental agencies
- Witnessing your Consent to Travel for children
What is a notary public?
A notary public is a qualified lawyer who also has powers to certify and confirm facts and documents. A notary is subject to regulation by the Notaries Court of Faculties. All Notaries registered in Jersey can perform notarial acts in Jersey, but not elsewhere.
What is a notarial certificate?
A notarial certificate provides a confirmation certification or authentication of some fact by a notary public. Frequent examples are to certify that copies are true copies of originals, both of which have been checked, or to witness the signature of a person or that a person has been duly appointed to a particular position and has authority to act.
What is the use of a notarial act?
All notarial acts and instruments may be received in evidence without further proof as being duly authenticated per the requirements of the law of the receiving jurisdiction, unless the contrary is proved. Therefore, a notary will take care to verify the contents of the document and check any facts and information necessary to act reliably. Anyone receiving a notary’s document will assume that they have checked all the facts in it and taken the responsibility for them, unless they make it clear that this is not the case.
What does legalisation mean?
This is a certificate from an authority or diplomatic office to certify the notary public is, in fact, a notary public in Jersey. Documents requiring legalisation will be legalised by the Lieutenant Governor at the Passport Office in Jersey. Unless the recipient country accepts the apostille or has no legalisation requirement, the document may also need to be legalised by the London embassy or consulate of the recipient country.
Basic guide to legalisation requirements:
- Countries that have been colonies or dependencies of GB – no legalisation.
- Countries that have been colonies or dependencies of other states or otherwise – full legalisation unless Apostille accepted.
- Countries that are parties to the Hague Convention – usually only Apostille required.
- Countries that adopted the Civil Code under Napoleon – usually require full legalisation unless Apostille accepted.
These are basic principles, and there are exceptions –requirements may change from country to country at short notice.
How much does a notary cost?
The cost will depend on several factors. To obtain a quote, please contact us with the following information:
- What type of document do you need notarising?
- How many different documents do you need notarising?
- How many copies of each notarised document do you require?
- Are the documents being notarised for an individual or business?
- Which country are the documents intended for?