iSam was appointed as a Public Notary by the Supreme Court of Victoria on the 9th December, 2008.
A Notary Public or Public Notary or Notary is a senior legal practitioner who prepares, attests, witnesses and certifies original and copied legal documents for use overseas.
Most countries follow the procedure set out in the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (often called the Hague Apostille Convention). Documents
Many professionals in Australia can witness signatures and certify copies of documents. For the purpose of legalising your document for use overseas (ie: through an authentication or apostille) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) cannot accept documents signed by these professionals. Only documents signed by a Notary Public will be accepted.
A Notarial certificate records the fact of the Notary’s intervention and evidences the authentication by the notary of one or more aspects of the document to which it relates. There is no such thing as a standard “one-size fits all” certificate which covers all, most or even a few of the circumstances in which notarial certification is required.
Sam must confirm the true identity of a signatory therefore production of identity documents such as a current Passport or Driver’s Licence or Birth Certificate are required at the time of attendance at the office.
To assist with the preparation of the Notarial certificate applicable to your documents and to obtain an estimate of fees, please email your documents to [email protected] prior to visiting the office.
An Apostille or Authentication will be required depending on whether the country in which the document is to be used, is a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention.
Sam is a member of The Society of Notaries of Victoria Inc. and adopts the society’s recommended scale of fees.