Ensuring you have the correct identity and other documents notarised so you can manage personal affairs overseas.

If you are a UK citizen and need to manage personal affairs outside of the UK, you will require certification of your identity and signature by a UK Notary. This could include buying or selling a property, probate issues, certain working professions and getting married in a foreign country. Ensuring all documentation is completed and notarised correctly will help you avoid unnecessary delays and costs. A notary public will notarise relevant documents for you.

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Managing your personal affairs overseas has some additional complexities. Legal requirements worldwide are unfamiliar and can seem complicated. It can be a challenge to keep up with exactly what you need.

Many UK documents will only be accepted by foreign courts, authorities and other organisations once they have been notarised. For example, if you are buying or selling property abroad, settling an international probate issue, or wishing to work in certain professions in other countries, you will need to have the relevant documents notarised. Similarly, getting married in a foreign country will require you to prove your identity and eligibility for marriage in that particular jurisdiction.

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Many foreign documents need to be prepared or signed in front of a notary in order to be effective. Notaries have the authority to authenticate a document and certify its legitimacy so that it can be used in another country.

It is essential that all documentation is completed and notarised correctly to avoid unnecessary delays and costs. The precise requirements differ between countries, and it is not always clear to the non-specialist what needs to be done and how.

How can Moore Barlow help?

Our notaries will make sure you have all the answers and information you need. With more than 30 years’ experience in this area our specialist notary solicitors can give you the clarity, speed and attention to detail that you need.

Members of our firm are also Notary Publics. However, it is important to note that when acting in their capacity as a Notary, they do so as independent professionals, holding a public office granted and regulated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the service they provide is provided direct to you and not by Moore Barlow LLP. Their individual Terms of Business for notary services may be accessed on their personal profile on our website:

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Notaries will make sure you have all the answers and information you need. With more than 30 years’ experience in this area the specialist notaries we recommend can give you the clarity, speed and attention to detail that you need. They don’t just notarise a document and leave you to it, but take the time to ensure that the whole process runs smoothly, (including dealing with relevant agencies such as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), thus ensuring that your documents will be successfully accepted by the relevant jurisdiction.

Our recommended Notaries work on a fixed fee basis and all quotations are agreed before work starts, so that you are clear about the cost involved.

We have offices in Southampton, London, Lymington, Richmond, Guildford and Woking and we offer specialist services and support to clients across the country and internationally. Contact us for more information on how we can help.

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