Welcome to Edward Young Notaries & Lawyers
If you need a Notary Public in London, we are here to help.
Our Notary Public firm has been providing trusted Notarial services for private and commercial clients in London, the United Kingdom and internationally since 2004.
We act for blue-chip companies, private companies, entrepreneurs, charities and private individuals. We have built up the requisite experience to get you the correct result. Every client matters.
Our aim is to provide you with a quality service at a reasonable cost and to make, what may be for many, an unfamiliar, process, as easy and straight forward as possible.
We also provide guidance on what may be required in addition to notarisation, so that documents are considered legal, when they reach their overseas destination. This additional process is called legalisation.
Our work concerning legalisation involves, identifying potential requirements of the jurisdiction to which you are sending your documents and making you aware of this. We have experience in dealing with many different types of documents going to various countries and we are happy to guide you as to the usual norms for any specific territory.
We also arrange legalisation for our clients, whether it be Apostilles from the Legalisation Office of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and legalisation of documents with any overseas Consulate in London.
See our country guide for a complete guidance on what your destination country requires.
We offer a free initial telephone consultation so feel free to call us on +44 (0)20 7499 2605 or email us to arrange an appointment.
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What is a Notary and Why do I need one?
Notaries are independent lawyers who establish facts for the benefit of you and the overseas business, individual or government agency, with whom you transact.
These businesses, individuals and government agencies rely on our independence, as notaries, to paint an accurate picture of what is happening on the ground and to enable them to have faith that the formalities of the matter at hand are being dealt with in good faith and in the proper way.
A good example of an area where Notaries become involved are real estate transactions. Often you will either have to sign closing papers or nominate an attorney to sign papers on your behalf. We are often asked to notarise power of attorney documents.
The overseas party requesting that you sign the documents before a UK notary, relies on us, as independent lawyers, to authenticate the facts, namely, that the person or corporate entity exists, they are ready, willing and able to be bound by the terms of the documents, they have understood the documents, have been properly identified and have signed the documents in the prescribed manner. That way, all who come into contact with the final notarised document can place faith in its effectiveness and legality.
See our services page for a complete list of roles that we can fulfill for our clients.
We are also asked to verify company standing and documents, educational awards, individual identity documents, and many other services. Check out our services page for a more definitive guide to what notaries do.
What if I need an ‘Apostille’ or my document needs to be ‘legalised’?
We understand that most people have never heard the word ‘Apostille’ before and many are unfamiliar with the term: ‘legalisation’. Don’t worry, we are here to break down the barriers and offer a solutions led service.
Legalisation is the generic term which indicates that further levels of verification are needed and these are usually where the UK Government confirms the standing of the Notary Public who has signed a document. This is done by a certificate, called an ‘Apostille’ being affixed, embossed and signed on the document which the Notary has signed, confirming that he or she exists and is duly registered, as a notary public, in the UK. This is done in conjunction with an international treaty called the Hague Convention. See our page on Apostilles for more information and on how Apostilles can be obtained.
In some instances further verification is required, namely, the London Consulate of the country where the document is going, is asked to verify the authenticity of the Apostille. In this instance the ‘legalisation’ process is where the document, usually with Apostille affixed, is lodged with the Consulate who usually provide a stamp in addition to the Apostille, which will then make the document legal in the territory where it is going. This is usually the case where the specific country is not a party to the Hague Convention.
Check out our Legalisation Guide, for a country by country breakdown of what is required for each country in the world. Please call us for your free initial telephone consultation – +44 20 7499 2605.