MyNotary London: services
Notary servicesPower of Attorney
Consent to Travel
Low cost notarial service
Translation serviceYour documents are not in English?
LegalisationWhat is Legalisation, what is an Apostille Certificate and what documents may be legalised?
Planning Ahead & Legal ServicesLegal services are provided by Charles Guthrie TEP. You can identify if your adviser is a full STEP member by the use of the designation TEP (Trust and Estate Practitioner) after their name. TEPs are the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.
Declaration of Trust
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Wills and Trusts
Court of Protection
Probate: administering an estate after death
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Power of AttorneyAs a notary in London, the most frequent document I am asked to notarise is the Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney is a legally-binding document that authorises a third person, often a foreign qualified lawyer, to act for them. Usually a Power of Attorney will need to be legalised; I can advise – just contact me.
Certified Copy“How do I obtain a certified copy of my passport?” is a frequent question. I can usually provide this service quickly and simply. Make an appointment to come to see me, bring your current, unexpired passport with you. If you are a woman who has married since your passport was issued, bring in your marriage certificate as well.
For children, we need to see the child and their birth certificate (which must show the names of the parents). We also need the passport or other acceptable ID of at least one parent who must come with the child.
Notarised copy academic certificates
Certified copies of various certificates …
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Consent to travelChild Travel Consent child going on a school cruise …. Child travelling with grandparents... Prevent border cancellations, hassles and delays when your child travels.
Different countries and different carriers have different rules when it comes to taking children on board; proof that a child has parental or guardian permission to travel may be required. To be safe it is wise to have a notarised letter of consent. My Notary London can prepare a travel consent letter for you or notarised a prepared letter of travel consent you may have prepared in advance.
United States of America USA
Did you know that a child departing the United States and other countries, travelling with only one parent, a guardian, grandparents or other adults must have a written and notarized Permission to Travel Letter from both birth parents or legal guardians to enter many countries, even on a cruise ship's shore excursions?
The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade reminds visitors that "Foreign officials and transportation companies are vigilant concerning documentation for children crossing international borders. Make sure you carry the proper identification for yourself and any children travelling with you, including any documents that might be required by the authorities of the country you intend to visit, and by Canadian authorities on your return to Canada with the child*."
* under the age of 18
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Travelling overseasWhether for an extended holiday… going to work abroad … medical doctor relocating to Australia … engineer or railway worker going to the Middle East … teacher relocating Dubai … retiring to Spain … going to work in Bulgaria … with children … getting married …
Whatever the reason, different countries have different entry requirements. The Foreign Office web site has plenty of useful information also your employment agency should be able to tell you what documentation is needed. Very often
It is likely that various certificates will have to be provided in advance of any application – it is never a good idea to let original certificates go - many are irreplaceable. MyNotary London can make certified copies; your notary in London can notarise and legalise the necessary documents.
Are for people wanting to prove that they do not have a criminal record; you may require one if you are apply a visa or residency in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and United States of America. We can certainly help you.
Getting married outside the UK
You may need a Certificate of No Impediment (obtained from your local registry office in the UK) this may need to be notarised. If you have been married before, then the Certificate making Decree Nisi Absolute or your previous spouse's Death Certificate (if applicable) may also be needed to be legalised.
In The Netherlands (Holland) for people moving to the Netherlands who were married in a different country, http://www.expatfocus.com/expatriate-netherlands-holland-legal
In addition to the 12 stadia – yes twelve– proposed to accommodate the world cup in 2022 in Qatar the MENA Middle East and North Africa regions are booming.
Kuwait is on the verge of a new era in public transportation. The country is planning to develop its own rail and metro projects as part of the GCC's wider efforts to improve public transportation networks and its connectivity with neighbours.
Kuwait rail system will reach 550km upon completion and will cover the northern and southern parts of the country as well as critical infrastructure such as airports and railway stations. The project is part of the $25bn GCC railway project, which begins at Kuwait and runs to Muscat via Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Railway jobs in the Middle East
GCC: Gulf Cooperative Council states consist of Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. More about the GCC
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Translation serviceYour documents are not in English? No problem!
If the document you need to have notarised is in a language other than English, the notary may be able to notarise it if he is certain that you understand the nature of the legally binding agreement you are entering into. If not, we can arrange a certified translation for you.
Documents that need to be legalised must be in English. Often Powers of Attorney are drawn up in 2 columns; on one side in the language of the receiving country, the other will be in English. We can do this for you; turnaround time can be just a few days.
Quality of Language Translators
We work with a security cleared international language translation service. Our language translators are carefully selected, highly skilled and qualified linguists who translate exclusively into their mother/native tongue. In addition to having formal qualifications in language translation, language translators will be further qualified in their specialist fields.
Confidentiality & Non Disclosure Agreements
Our translators have been security cleared by the Police and other agencies to work at the most confidential level. Therefore you can be confident that highly sensitive assignments are undertaken in the strictest confidence. If required, a non-disclosure agreement will be entered into.
Quotations and Pricing
Send us a file for language translation; will give a written fixed price quotation without obligation. There is no surcharge for urgent work or work completed over a weekend or holiday.
What is Legalisation and what is the Apostille Certificate?Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine. Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country.
Documents must first be legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) –an apostille certificate is glued to the document. The apostille certificate confirms the signature, seal or stamp on a UK document to be genuine so that it will be accepted when presented in another country outside of the UK: only the FCO have the authority to issue Apostilles in the UK.
Some countries – for example the UAE and Qatar – also require an in-country Legalisation procedure. An additional fee is payable as the embassy charge for this services. The process can be long winded … your notary in London Basil Preuveneers or Charles Guthrie can arrange the whole notarisation and legalisation for you as appropriate.
Legalisation fees: FCO 4-day service £30, same-day service £75, in-country Legalisation charges vary: e.g. UAE charge £410 per commercial document and £30 for a document deemed (by them) to be personal.
No VAT is charged on Legalisation fees, prices subject to change please enquire.
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What documents may be legalised?Police and Disclosure Documents: Police Certificates, Criminal Records Bureau Documents, Criminal Records Checks, Finger Print Documents, Police & Disclosure Documents …
Affidavits, Bank Statements, Baptism Certificates, Export Certificates, Employment Letters, Letters of Enrolment, Passport Copies, Powers of Attorney, Religious Documents, Statutory Declarations, Translations, Utility Bills
Documents issued by Government Offices: Companies House, and Chambers of Commerce: Articles of Association, Certificate of Incorporation, Certificate of Memorandum, Certificate of Naturalisation, Certificate of Freesale and documents from: The Home Office, a Chamber of Commerce, Companies House, HM Revenue & Customs, The Rural Payments Agency
Various Certificates: Birth Certificates, Certificates of No Impediment, Civil Partnership Certificates, Death Certificates, Letters of No Trace, Marriage Certificates, Adoption Certificates …
Court documents: Decrees Nisi and Absolute; Grants of Probate (and those attached to Last Will & Testament); Documents issued by:
Court of Bankruptcy
Family Division of the High Court of Justice (see Note 2 below)
The High Court of Justice
Veterinary Health Certificate from the Department of Food and Rural Affairs for a pet
Medical Reports: Fit Notes, Medical Reports, Sick notes (signed by a doctor) and Medical Test Results
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Planning Ahead & Legal Services
Declaration of TrustA Declaration of Trust is a legally binding written agreement which records arrangements and wishes.
For example1: jointly owned property
Are you buying a property with someone else? Co-habiting or perhaps buying property jointly with a business partner? Have you ever thought about what will happen if you want to sell the property? Have you given any thought as to what will happen to the property if there is a relationship breakdown or if one party simply wants to sell up? A Declaration of Trust can set out the financial arrangement between the joint owners.
For example 2: expressing your wishes and arrangements after death with regard to the passing over of assets.
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Lasting Powers of AttorneyWhy go to the trouble and expense of drafting a LPoA? One of the main reasons is to ensure that, should you become too mentally infirm to conduct your own affairs, you have decided in advance who would be person to act in your best interests. This is often in case of senile dementia, prior to a serious surgical procedure, or simply as a prudent step to protect against misfortune.
Charles Guthrie welcomes the opportunity to discuss all or any of the 'Planning Ahead' measures mentioned here drafting your Will, to advise on inheritance tax planning and how to create trust funds.