Clients are well advised to agree a fee in advance of giving instructions whenever this is possible, but the Notary may not always be able to say exactly how much time will be needed to complete a document or transaction. It will always be helpful if clients can indicate, when making an appointment, whether the Notary will be asked to prepare documents, or merely to verify documents which have already been prepared in the proper form. It should not be assumed that all Notaries will, or should, charge the same amount for the same work.
The Notaries’ Rules require that their fees should be reasonable in all the circumstances of the work they are being asked to do. Notaries are also required to give an indication, in advance, of the fees they will charge for any particular work.
Most Notaries follow the advice of The Notaries’ Society and charge fees based mainly on the amount of time that is needed to do the work. They may charge more if the work has to be done out of normal hours, if it requires specialist skills, or if it involves a matter of unusual complexity or value.
At present my hourly rate for time is £250 with a minimum fee of £70.
Payment by cash or cheque- sorry no card payments
In addition to my own fees I may need to charge out of pocket expenses for fees to the Foreign Office or Embassies, translators or advisers on foreign law; and travel and postal expenses.
Document in a foreign language? No problem.
If the document is not in English, the Notary can still certify it if he or she is satisfied that you fully understand the nature of the legally binding document about to be notarised. Some foreign language documents can be legalised; your MyNotary notary will be able to advise. Your MyNotary notary can also arrange translation if necessary.
1. My notarial practice is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury:
2. If you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please do not hesitate to contact me.
3. If I am unable to resolve the matter you may then complain to the Notaries Society of which I am a member, who have a Complaints Procedure which is approved by the Faculty Office. This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute.
4. 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
Tel: 01604 758908
If you have any difficulty in making a complaint in writing, please do not hesitate to call the Notaries Society/the Faculty Office for assistance.
5. 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 six months from the date you first notified me that you were dissatisfied, make your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman*, if you are not happy with the result:
6. If you decide to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman you must refer your matter to the Legal Ombudsman within:-
The act or omission, or when you should reasonably have 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 Legal Ombudsman
- please refer to the Legal Ombudsman Scheme Rules or consult the Faculty Office.
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Please bring your passport with you and another document, perhaps a letter, linking you to your UK address.
This information will enable me to be satisfied of your identity and to attest that you have appeared before me, signed a document in front of me.