What is a Notary?

Notaries are principally involved with notarising and authenticating documents for use abroad.  In most countries a document notarised or authenticated by a Notary is accepted as totally valid. The task of Notaries is to complete and make your document acceptable in the country in which it is to be used.

How does a Notary authenticate or “notarise” a document?

The Notary must always verify the identity and address of the signatory and his or her capacity and intention.  In nearly every case he/she will witness the signature of the individual involved and ensure that the document is signed in accordance with English Law and also in accordance with the legal requirements of the country in which the document is required.

A Notary’s work is all about verifying facts and making checks concerning the contents of the document so that his/her act is reliable.  Those who receive and rely on a Notary’s document will assume that he/she has checked all the facts in it and has taken responsibility for them, unless he/she makes it perfectly clear that this is not the case.

Notarial Services

Pam has recently qualified as a Notary Public for England and Wales and practices from Thursfields office in Halesowen. Pam also practices as a Solicitor specialising in Contentious Probate and Property dispute matters. She is a member of the Notaries Society.

Pam provides notarial services to both private individuals and corporate clients who have businesses or connections overseas.

The most common notarial services which Pam carries out are:

  • Attesting powers of attorney and other documents for use in countries throughout the world including Spain, France ,Germany, USA, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cyprus, China, the Philippines, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Certifying documents relating to companies registered at Companies House or in foreign commercial registers
  • Assisting with documents required to set up a company abroad.
  • Attesting tender documents and other documents which require to be signed on behalf of a Company for use abroad.
  • Applying for legalisation of documents at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (sometime called ‘obtaining an apostille) and for legalisation when necessary from the relevant embassy
  • Administering oaths, affidavits and statutory declarations for Scotland and foreign jurisdictions
  • Certifying copies of academic qualifications, passports and other documents
  • Affidavits confirming freedom to marry (often required to marry abroad)
  • Documents for foreign adoption applications

For further details please contact Pam on 0121 227 3878/ 07841051384 or by email pdeol@thursfields.co.uk


Pam is fluent in Punjabi and Hindi languages and have sufficient knowledge to prepare a notarial act.

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