What is a Notary Public?

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A Notary Public is commonly known in Australia as Notary Public or Public Notary. They are senior solicitors who are, in addition to practicing in their specific legal field They are also certified on Notarial Practice. In Victoria the Solicitors are admitted to the Supreme Court as a Public Notary.

Public Notaries are able to witness and authenticate documents to ensure that it is legal and recognized in other countries as well as administer oaths and legal declarations, and assist in confirming an individual’s identity.

What do I get I get a Notary Public be of assistance to me?

The primary function of a Notary is to notarize documents in order they are legal and recognized in foreign countries. This is, but isn’t restricted to:

Certifying copies and the execution of business and legal documents

Witnessing affidavits and legal declarations and other papers

Affirming swearing

When you intend to make use of a document that you have obtained overseas, you’ll require a Notary Public instead of an Justice of the Peace (JP) to sign or witness the documents. The individual, business or government department that demanded that your documents be notarized could assist you in determining whether you need an assistance of either a notary or JP.

Do I need the Notary Public or justice of the Peace? What’s the difference?

The decision to make about whether you want to use the services of a Notary Public, or Justice of the Peace depends on the purpose and location for your papers.

An Notary Public can be described as a solicitor who has received training on Notarial Practice and has been admitted in the Supreme Court of Victoria as Notary. On the other hand, a JP is a person with excellent character and good standing within the community, who was chosen by Governors in Council upon the recommendation of the Attorney-General.

All Notaries Public can provide the identical services as JPs. Not only that, but they also have their own signature and official seal. JP however, they also have their own signatures as well as an official Notarial Seal which is accepted in Australian as well as international as well as International courts. It is important to know that the services provided by JPs are only valid only within Australia.

Why should I pick You in preference to other Notaries?

We are aware of how important it is to have documents notarized quickly and effectively in a short time. Our company is located in the middle of Melbourne and you may also visit our second office located in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs. The offices are all within walking distance to public transport and parking facilities within close to each office.

Our experience of working to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) consulates and embassies enables us to provide an efficient notarial service for local businesses, international corporations or private persons.

We are open 7 every day of the week to notarize your documents. We are familiar with the procedures and documents from a variety of nations. Many consulates and embassies are familiar with our Official Notary’s Signature and Seal.

What’s an Apostille?

An Apostille is essentially a document. It indicates it is it is the case that Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has confirmed the seal and signature that is on the Public Notary that has notarised the document to which is the Apostille. Apostilles are only required when documents are intended to countries that have been a signatory to The Hague Apostille Convention (Convention 5 October 1961, Decreeming the requirement for legalisation of International Public Documents).

In the alternative, if a nation does not sign the The Hague Apostille Convention, documents might require in order to get “authenticated” through DFAT after they’ve been notarized by notary public 中文.

What exactly is The Hague Apostille Convention?

The Hague Apostille Convention is officially known as The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961, abolishing the requirement for Legalisation for foreign public Documents. The Convention was developed through The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and was signed by 92 nations. In Australia the Convention entered into force on March 16, 1995.

According to the Convention it is no longer require your document legally certified by a specific country’s consular or diplomatic service in the event that that country has ratified the Treaty. Instead, you will must present your notarised documents to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) who will verify that the seal and signature that you have provided by the Notary Public is genuine. When the Notary’s signature and seal has been verified, DFAT will place an Apostille on the document to prove that the authenticity of the notarisation. Apostille: Apostille to a document will be accepted by all signatory countries.

The Convention declares the following: Public documents can be deemed to be:

Documents issued by an authority or official who is connected to the tribunals or courts of the State

Administrative documents are prepared for the Administrative Agency or Government Authority

Notarial Acts

If you need documents that are legally recognized in countries that aren’t signatories of the Apostille Convention, you may require having your documents authenticated by DFAT as well as by every relevant consulate or embassy.

I’m required to have an Apostille. How do I get one?

Apostilles are granted from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for all private and public documents that are intended for use overseas. Public documents are authentic document that is issued through the Australian Government (for instance wedding or birth certificate) While private documents are those that include contracts and power of attorneys. Private documents as well as duplicates of documents issued by the public have to be signed by an Notary Public prior to when DFAT issues an Apostille.

Could you give me more information about “authentication”?

Notarised documents that are delivered to countries that haven’t agreed to sign The Hague Apostille Convention may require ‘authentication’ by DFAT to ensure that they are can be legally recognized in these nations. The process is DFAT checking whether the seal as well as signature on notarised document belongs to those who are the Notary Public who notarized the documents.

Before you can send any authenticated documents to be shipped overseas it is necessary to present them to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

We can help you authenticate your documents

The process of authenticating documents can be complicated and consume a significant amount of time. We are able to apply to DFAT for “authentication” and then present the documents to the appropriate consulates or embassies on behalf of you. To arrange a no-cost consultation, feel free to reach us.