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I am a qualified Notary Public (or Notary or Public Notary), duly authorised to practise throughout England and Wales and able to authenticate and notarise documents for use worldwide.

I am based at home in Aspull, Wigan, Greater Manchester, close to the M61, and I am therefore ideally located to serve clients in Wigan, Leigh, Hindley, Atherton, Horwich, Bolton, Bury, Blackburn, St Helens, Parbold, Ormskirk, Skelmersdale, Chorley, Preston, Blackpool, Manchester, Sale and Lancashire and the North West of England generally.

A Notary’s Role

As one of the only 770 or so Notaries Public in England and Wales, my role is to authenticate and certify identity, signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents for use abroad. Often, if a document is required for use overseas, it will not be accepted unless it bears the seal of a Notary Public.

When performing a notarial act, I am confirming certain facts to be true which include:

  • The identity, capacity and authority of a person signing a document.
  • That the signature on the document is authentic and verified
  • That a copy of a document is true and authentic

A Notary is independent and I can only perform a requested notarial act if I am satisfied with all of the circumstances surrounding the document and the signatory. My primary duty is the transaction and the authenticity of the documentation.

As a Notary, I must ensure that professional rules and standards are adhered to and that money laundering and proceeds of crime safeguards and requirements are met.

Apostille (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Consular Legalisation

Depending on the country or jurisdiction in question, the notarised document might also require an apostille from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office before it is accepted.

Some jurisdictions (who are not members of the Hague Convention on Apostilles)  also require the document to be legalised by their own embassy or consular department.

You should check the requirements of the receiving jurisdiction.

I am able to assist with the application for an apostille and consular legalisation if necessary.