The Notary will expect you to make an appointment; you will need to bring all relevant original documents with you. The Notary will need to be satisfied that you understand any document, which is not in English, must be translated in English along with the original. It helps to bring as much information as possible to the Notary.
A Notary has two significant differences from that of a Solicitor (although most Notaries are also Solicitors). First, his duty is to the transaction as a whole and not just to one of the parties. A Notary may act for both parties to a transaction as long as there is no conflict between them and his duty is to ensure that the transaction they conclude is fair to both sides. Secondly, a Notary identifies himself on documents by the use of his individual seal. Such seals have historical origins and are regarded by most other countries as of great importance for establishing the genuineness of a document. A Notary's seal will be registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with many foreign embassies and consulates. Procedures exist for the seal to be further authenticated - a process called legalisation.
What Distinguishes a Notary?
A Notary is primarily concerned with the preparation and authentication of documents for use abroad. The duty and function of a Notary is to prepare, attest, authenticate and certify deeds and other documents for use overseas
A Notary is a qualified lawyer and member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom. The court of Faculties appoints him by the Archbishop of Canterbury and is subject to regulation by the Court of Faculties. Notaries have to have an annual Practising Certificate and are required to have professional indemnity and Fidelity Bond. The office of Notary is recognized internationally.