Notary or Notary Public is a person, often in England and Wales a Solicitor,
having through additional qualifications and training been granted the
capacity and power to act in legal transactions most frequently associated
with foreign jurisdictions. The education, training, and appointment of
candidates is supervised by the Master of the Court of Faculties. Following
admission the Master regulates the professional practice of all Notaries
and issues an annual Practising Certificate. The qualification of a Notary
is internationally recognised. The acts of the Notary have special evidential
status and weight abroad. The Notary often acts in a way that bridges
any differences between the legal system of one nation with that of another
so as to give lawful effect to transactions arranged amongst parties separated
by distance and time.
create records and preserve evidence of activities, agreements, transactions,
and events. These processes are carried out for an individuals own purposes;
between parties to a transaction for their joint needs; to satisfy the
requirements of a public or judicial authority outside England and Wales;
or as evidence for use in a foreign Court of Law. A Notary can also act
as a Commissioner for Oaths.
legal transactions within England and Wales will not usually involve Notarial
Services but a Notary may be asked to verify facts in some specialist
banking and shipping dealings. Individuals and organisations in England
and Wales usually only require a Notary in connection with legal services
abroad arranged or to be transacted from here. An individual may need
a Notary to assist in the formalities concerning the acquisition, management,
or disposal of property abroad; in relation to marriage in a different
jurisdiction; in dealing with the Estate of a deceased family member with
foreign assets; or perhaps in connection with litigation in another country.
Organisations may well have commercial and mercantile transactions to
set up and conduct abroad; foreign trading disputes to arbitrate or litigate;
patents, copyrights, and trademarks to record and internationally protect;
or perhaps need business documents vouched in order to satisfy foreign
government trading or fiscal requirements.