Public Notary Services
At Legal Point Lawyers, in addition to our professional legal services, we also offer public notary services for your convenience.
Frequently, a person will attend a notary’s office with a document requesting it to be “notarised”. This could mean a number of things and at Legal Point Lawyers, we commonly perform the following:
- Attesting a signature or signatures on international documents such as Affidavits, Power of Attorneys, Agreements and all other private or commercial use documents to be used overseas.
- Authenticating documents/instruments/papers for use overseas.
- Certify a document or documents as a true copy or copies of an original.
- Prepares and certifies powers of attorney, wills, deeds, contracts and other legal documents, for use in Australia and overseas countries.
We are also able to assist in obtaining authentication of documents by obtaining an Apostille Certificate for any required documents.
For more details on the kind of public notary services we provide and their fees and charges, please see our Fees and Charges page.
What is an Apostille Certificate?
Some countries require an Apostille Certificate to accompany the notarised documents.
An apostille is a certificate issued by the Australian government certifying that a document has been notarised by a notary public. An Apostille Certificate will be recognised in countries party to the Hague Apostille Convention.
Prior to the introduction of Apostille Certificates, it was difficult for international governments, law courts, universities and other businesses to ascertain whether a document was authentic. Many countries now recognise and require documents be accompanied by the Apostille Certificate.
If you have an original document issued by an Australian government department (ie, birth certificate, marriage certificate, citizenship certificate), also known as a ‘public document’, you can obtain an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). If you have a private document such as a power of attorney, contract or a copy of these documents, you must arrange to get that document notarised before DFAT will issue you with an Apostille certificate.
Legal Point Lawyers is able to offer assistance in obtaining an Apostille Certificate. Please see our Fees and Charges for the fees in relation to obtaining the certificate.
Translation of Documents
Documents that require notarisation often also need to be translated into English or other languages for use overseas. Legal Point Lawyers is able to provide you with NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Limited) accredited translations. Please note that arrangements for translation may incur extra costs.
NAATI is the national standard and accreditation body for translators and interpreters in Australia.