Do I need an appointment?

Yes you will need to make an appointment which can be done by either phoning or emailing us using the contact details listed on each page of the website.

Must a notary be present when I sign?

Yes it is normally necessary that Hatten Wyatt Notaries see the person sign the document so that we can identify them and also witness the signature. It is particularly necessary that the document is executed in the presence of the notary where this is required either by English or the applicable foreign law for the formal validity of the document. However, when the notary does not need to state expressly that the document has been signed before him/her, and when the notary has a record of the signature, a notary may certify the authenticity of a signature without witnessing the signature.

What supporting documentation is required?

Hatten Wyatt Notaries will need to see proof of identification where we do not have the details of the individual or have his or her signature in our records. In addition we will also need to see proof of capacity of an individual and existence of the organisation where a person is signing the document on behalf of an organisation.

How long does all this take?

If we have all the information required it would normally be possible to carry out the notarial certification the same day or by the next day at the latest. However I should be noted that more complicated matters may take a further day or two.

What is Legalisation?

Legalisation is the verification by the Consulate of the destination country or the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the signature and seal of the notary on a document in order to evidence to the appropriate authorities in the destination country that the notary in question is indeed a notary.

What is the difference between a notary and a solicitor?

Notaries form a small, highly specialised branch of the legal profession, whose area of specialisation is the certification of documents so that they may be used effectively abroad. Solicitors form by far the largest part of the legal profession and provide advice and representation to their clients on a wide variety of legal issues. An important difference is that whereas a Solicitor's primary duty is to his client, the Notary's primary duty is to the transaction and the authenticity of the documents.

Do we need to come to your office?

Hatten Wyatt Notaries will make appointments for meetings at our office and are also happy to attend your offices or those of third parties if this is more convenient. However, once the documents have been signed, it is essential for us to take the documents back to our offices to complete the certification and recordation of the documents before returning the documents to you or wherever else they may need to be sent.

What are your fees?

Our fees are calculated on the basis of the nature and number of documents and the time involved, together any other factors where these apply. As there are many different elements taken into consideration we do not issue a sample price list as this could be very misleading. If you would like further information please do contact us directly and are happy to provide an estimate of our fees and the costs involved in advance of undertaking any work.

Hatten Wyatt Notaries request a 50% non-refundable deposit on receipt of instructions.