Public Notary

What is a Notary?

A Notary is a specially-qualified practicing lawyer who has the authority to witness signatures, administer oaths and prepare and certify documents under their own official seal, for use anywhere in the world.

What does a notary do?

What does a notary do

A Notary’s Commission has the internationally-recognised power to:

  • Prepare, attest and certify deeds and other documents
  • Authenticate the execution of documents
  • Verify copy documents
  • Administrator oaths and take declarations
  • Provide certificates of law
  • Witness document signing
  • Verify documents prepared in Australia for use abroad

Why do I need to notarise a document?

If you have a document that needs to be recognised abroad (outside of Australia) – such as an education certificate, probate documents, evidence of identity – or you need your signature witnessed when signing a document, such as a property deed, or a corporate document, you will need the help of a Notary.

Notary services are required when documents involve an international element or need to be valid overseas. Document notarisation ensures documents are valid inside and outside of Australia, in the countries where they will be used.

A Notary is also needed for:

  • Verifying copies of original documents
  • Authentication of documents as genuine
  • Notarial Certificates
  • Statutory declarations, affidavits and administration of oaths

Services include: 

  • Authenticating official, Government and personal documents and information for use overseas
  • Witnessing signatures of individuals to documents and authenticating identity
  • Witnessing Powers of Attorney for use overseas, including from time to time, preparing them
  • Certifying true copies of documents for use overseas
  • For corporations and business, witnessing documents and authenticating status and transactions
  • Dealing with documentation for land, property and deceased estates overseas

What documents need notarising?

Commonly notarised documents include:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Intellectual property documents
  • Inheritance documents, such as probate parchments
  • Travel authorisation for children
  • Contracts and documents relating to overseas property
  • Copies of personal documents such as educational certificates
  • Affidavits and declarations
  • Commercial and investments documents
  • Certificate of “good standing” of companies
  • Resolutions and other company documents
What documents need notarising

What does notarisation involve?

Notarisation involves preparing a special certificate called a Notary Public Certificate (or Notary Certificate) which is bound to your document or printed on the reverse side of the page; each page is individually signed and sealed by the Notary.

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