Q. What exactly is a Notary?
A. Briefly, a Notary is an international commissioner for oaths, whose signature and seal are recognised throughout the world, and whose services in this respect are usually needed only where there is a foreign element to your requirements.
Clients will often require the services of a Notary Public when dealing with overseas matters such as businesses or properties abroad or involvement in litigation in foreign courts.
Legal documents for most countries when signed outside the jurisdiction usually have to be notarised. A Notary generally acts as a legally trained impartial witness to authenticate and certify the execution of documents required or intended for use outside of the UK.
David is one of a very small number in Cornwall able to offer the services of a Notary Public. It is our aim to provide notarial services of the highest standard to both business and private communities throughout the South West. He understand that time is very often of the essence when the services of a notary are required and so he will endeavour to provide you with an efficient and friendly service.
David has advised and assisted both commercial and private clients on all aspects of notarial work. He can help you with all your legal documentation requirements for any country in the world including:
David's general charging rate for his work is £195.00 per hour.
In many cases such as a simple verification of a passport or document, he can do the work for as little as £95.00 per document verified and sealed, including the entry of the transaction in his compulsory journal. This would cover a single session of about 30 minutes provided there are no further requirements of the country concerned.
When matters are more complicated, or for instance are of a substantial commercial nature, Mr Tandy will charge £195.00 per hour for his work done, the calculation of which is dealt with by the use of time sheets programmed into the Notarial account for each individual client for time spent on meetings, telephone calls, preparation of documents and letters and travelling. The time would include the meeting where he deals with the Notarial documents, the necessity for him to write his Notarial acts into a handwritten journal, and after that, correspondence with the Foreign and Commonwealth office, Embassies and Consulates, and lawyers and agents aboard. If the case requires the recognition of his name and a certificate from the Foreign and Commonwealth office (called the Apostille) or if he has to register your Notarial business with an Embassy or Consulate, these bodies, charge their own scale fees for registering your Notarial documents.
When you see David, by all means please ask him to let you have an estimate of the costs of your case, and of the payments you will have to make to the Foreign and Commonwealth office, or to the Consulates or the Embassies.
David is entitled to retain Notarial documents, until his fees are paid. He also reserves the right to charge interest on bills and funds outstanding from the time of the account, to the time of payment at the rate of simple interest of 4% per annum over Lloyds Bank Plc base rate from time to time.
David also has to comply with English money laundering requirements therefore you will need to bring your passport and/or other documents to prove your identity and address. Please contact us for clarificiation before your visit.