Notary Public Law

Notaries are lawyers who have internationally recognised power and authority to consider, authenticate and certify documents for use abroad. They are also authorised to practise law generally, with the exception of conducting court proceedings (in their capacity as a Notary). A Notary is bound by stringent practice rules, and regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Askews Legal LLP in Coventry, Warwickshire offers the services of Notary lawyer who has the recognised authority to consider, authenticate and certify legal documents for use overseas. Kuljeet Sandhu is a qualified lawyer appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and holds a unique public office.

Please note that Kuljeet Sandhu’s notarial practice is governed only by the Archbishop of Canterbury and not the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The contents of this page relate to Kuljeet Sandhu in his individual capacity as a Notary and not Askews Legal LLP as a firm.

Notary lawyer Kuljeet Sandhu can assist you or your business with:

  • The preparation of legal documents known as Notarial Acts.
  • Drafting, reviewing and explaining legal documents for use overseas.
  • Certifying documents
    • For example: birth, death and marriage certificates, copies of passport pages, academic qualifications, and documents supporting adoption applications from overseas.
  • Statutory Declarations and Affidavits.
    • These can vary from documents that an institute such as a bank or a government body abroad may require you to swear or affirm in relation to a wide set of circumstances, these can include matters of name discrepancy, bank loan related matters, court proceedings abroad are some of the examples where such documents may need to be notarised.
  • Child Travel Consent Forms
    • If your child is travelling abroad, the airline or destination country may require the carer (or single parent) to hold consent of both parents for such travel, by way of a Notary .
  • American sale documents
    • These can include Acknowledgments, Warranty Deeds and other Real Estate-related documents.
  • International Pensions-related Declarations and Affidavits
    • Sometimes pensions which are drawn from countries abroad may require the beneficiaries to have documents such as identifications, declarations and Affidavits sworn or affirmed before a notary.
  • Power of Attorney:
    • To give someone overseas authority to act on your behalf with property affairs .
    • For the purpose of litigation.
    • To deal with other assets such as bank accounts
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  • Arranging legislation of documents from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to obtain an Apostille on the document to be notarised.
    • Legalisation is the process by which the identity & authority of a Notary is verified or certified. In the UK, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) affixes a certificate, the Apostille, to the notarised document to confirm the authenticity of the notary’s signature & seal & the notary’s authority to act. Legalisation by the Consulate of the destination country may also be required. Advice from your foreign lawyer or other intended recipient of the document will clarify if legalisation is required.
    • Legalisation takes several working days to complete.
    • We can arrange this process for you if you require.
    • We work with Legalisation Agents who are able to deal with this on an urgent basis

 

How our Notary public lawyer services work

Following your initial enquiry about Notary public services, we will ask for the number of documents that need to be notarised, the purpose of notarising the documents, and whether the document(s) need to be legalised by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) or Consular legislation (and in which country). Having this information and seeing copies of the documents will enable us to give you an accurate quote.

At your appointment, following payment, we will need you to bring two forms of identification, to include:

    1. A current passport or driving licence (not expired).
    2. A bank statement or utility bill (not older than three months).

The way your appointment works will depend on the document we need to verify. We will explain this before you arrive for your appointment with Kuljeet Sandhu in our central Coventry office at 5&6 The Quadrant, Coventry CV1 2EL.
Askews’ Notary lawyer is present in our Coventry office five days a week, so there will be no delay in having your document notarised. We know how vital a swift service can be if you encounter an emergency or need to fly out of the country urgently.

Contact us to learn more about Notary services or to make an appointment with Kuljeet Sandhu, our experienced Notary lawyer here in Coventry.

Fees for Notary services

Due to the varying nature and complexity of some matters, it is not always possible to give a definitive estimate of costs for Notary services. It will always be Askews Legal LLP’s aim to give you the best possible information on costs from the outset, and throughout any case with our Notary lawyer here in Coventry.

Kuljeet Sandhu charges an hourly rate of £205*. This fee will be applied for more complex matters where detailed instructions are required, including in the drafting / amending of documents.

The minimum charge for notarising a single document is £80*.

*The above rates are subject to change from time to time and no VAT is payable to Kuljeet Sandhu’s charges as his notarial practice is not VAT-registered.

Disbursements in addition to fees

Please be aware that your documents, in addition to notarising, may need to be legalised by UK consulate and/or the consulate of the receiving jurisdiction. You will need to enquire from the receiving jurisdiction whether you require this.

We can arrange UK Legalisation of documents from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to obtain an Apostille on the document that has to be notarised on your behalf via an agent, or we can refer you to an agent.

Your documents may also need to be translated, by a suitably qualified translator. You will be responsible for these disbursements in addition to the Fee.

Complaints and Regulatory Matters Complaints

Kuljeet Sandhu’s notarial practice in Coventry is regulated by:
Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury
The Faculty Office
1 The Sanctuary
Westminster
London
SW1P 3JT

facultv.office@1thesanctuarv.com
www.facultyoffice.org.uk

Statement from Kuljeet Sandhu, Notary lawyer based at Askews Legal LLP in Coventry:
If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received please do not hesitate to contact me and I will of course endeavour to satisfactorily resolve any issue you may have. If I am unable to resolve the matter you may then complain to the Notaries Society of which I am a member, which has a Complaints Procedure approved by the Faculty Office.

This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute. In that case please write (but do not enclose any original documents) with full details of your complaint to:

The Secretary of The Notaries Society
Old Church Chambers
23 Sandhill Road
St James
Northampton
NN5 5LH

secretary@thenotariessociety.org.uk
01604 758908

If you have any difficulty in making a complaint in writing please do not hesitate to call The Notaries Society for assistance.

Finally, even if you have your complaint considered under the Notaries Society Approved Complaints Procedure, you may at the end of that procedure or after a period of eight weeks from the date you first notified me that you were dissatisfied, make your complaint direct to the Legal Ombudsman (LO) if you are not happy with the result:

Legal Ombudsman
Baskerville House
Centenary Square
Broad Street
Birmingham
B1 2ND
0300 5550333
enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
www.legalombudsman.org.uk

If you decide to make a complaint to the LO you must refer your matter to the LO:

      • Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint
      • Either six years from the date of act/omission or three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint (only if the act or omission took place more than six years ago).

The act or omission, or when you should have reasonably known there was cause for complaint must have been after 5th October 2010.
** Certain kinds of commercial entities are not eligible to make a complaint to the LO – please refer to the LO Scheme Rules or consult the Faculty Office.

Insurance

We maintain professional indemnity insurance in the sum of £3,000,000. This is maintained via Askews Legal LLP’s professional indemnity insurance.

Our liability to you or to any third party for any loss, injury or damage of any nature whatever whether direct or consequential, including without limitation in respect of negligence or breach of any duty I may owe to you, is hereby limited to this sum in respect of any one claim or series of related claims. In despatching documents by post or courier or entrusting them to agents on your behalf and/or at your request I assume no liability for their loss or any direct, indirect or consequential loss incurred by you as a result of any failure on the part of the postal, courier, or agent.

Contact Askews Legal LLP to find out more or to arrange a consultation with Kuljeet Sandhu, solicitor and experienced Notary in Coventry.

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