If you’ve been told you need a document notarised, then you must consult a notary public. A notary assists in legal matters involving paperwork and the signing or authentication of documents. Usually, these documents are to be filed abroad. For example, if you are buying a house or need a power of attorney in another country.
A notary will make sure you understand the document you are signing, and that you are who you say you are, through what’s known as an apostille. This is an official document from the Foreign Office which provides proof of identity, which is sometimes needed when signing legal documents. A notary public will organise this and make the process as smooth as possible, even when the deadline is urgent. Only around 800 notary publics operate in the UK. In some cases, a solicitor can also perform some of the duties of a notary public.