Notary Public Birmingham

My name is Raj Padhiar. I am a Notary Public and Solicitor based in Birmingham. I offer appointments to clients in Birmingham and throughout Walsall, Solihull, Wolverhampton and Dudley. I also offer appointments in the Coventry area via Notary Public Coventry.

Appointments are available either at my offices or at your home or office at a time to suit you.

For a quotation or to make an appointment please visit the contact page.

I deal with clients who speak English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati. Other languages can be dealt with by prior arrangement.

I am also a Solicitor and details of the services I offer as a Solicitor can be found at Carltons Solicitors Birmingham.

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What is a Notary Public?
Notary services
Foreign Languages
What is Legalisation or Apostille?
What identification does a Notary Public require?
What does it cost?
Independence and Rules
Public Records kept by a Notary

What is a Notary Public?


A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or legalise any document. A Notary can also provide legalisation or an apostille, if needed. You will normally require the services of a Notary Public when you have documents which are needed to be used abroad. The Notaries signature and seal will verify to the authorities in that country that the relevant checks have been carried out.

The need for a notary public is dictated by the requirements of the country where the document is to be used. For example, if you wish to buy a property abroad, it is often necessary to give your overseas lawyer power to deal with the purchase. This can be done by means of a power of attorney, which is signed by you in front of a notary. The notary public will confirm your name and identity and sign the document and seal it with their official seal.

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Notary Services

You may need to see a Notary to:

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Foreign Languages
Documents presented to a notary may be in a foreign language. The notary must ensure that both they and the client understand the meaning and effect of the document. Notaries do not usually give advice about the meaning or effect of a document or transaction. It is important that the client shows the notary any correspondence or advice that he has been given by others.
A Notary Public may also be known as a Notario Publico, Notaio, Notario, Notar or a Notaire.

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What is Legalisation or Apostille?

A notarised document may often need to be further authenticated by having the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirm the validity of the notary's signature and seal. The requirement for this will depend on the foreign country involved. This is done by legalisation by the use of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's official certificate attached to the document, known as an apostille. These are internationally recognised due to the Hague Convention.

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What identification does a Notary Public require?
Following the implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations 2003, notaries are now obliged to keep sufficient evidence on their files of the identity and the address of all their clients before they undertake any work. Each person whose signature they are to certify must provide one of the following original identification documents at the time of the appointment.

In addition, they require proof of residence, which can be one of the following original documents:

When a notary public is acting for a corporate client, evidence of the due incorporation of the company or entity is required. This can be one of the following documents:

In addition to the above, each individual signatory will need to produce one of the identification documents mentioned above.

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What does it cost?
An early indication of the costs can usually be given in advance but so that we can establish the charges please tell us the following:


Please visit the contact us page to obtain a quotation.

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Independence and Rules
A notary is an independent officer and must not do anything to compromise this. They should not act in matters where they have a personal interest, and are subject to professional rules and standards to ensure the protection of their clients. They are also bound to follow the rules on the prevention of money laundering. Notaries must be insured against negligence and dishonesty.

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Public Records kept by a Notary
A notary will keep a full set of the originals or copies of all the official documents that they make and this serves as a permanent public record. They must make these available to all those who have a proper right to see them including their client and any other parties involved in such documents. They also refer to the record to make copies when needed.

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