What is a Notary.
Notary Public is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with foreign or international business. A Notary Public is appointed by the Chief Justice.
What do notaries public do?
Notaries certify the execution in their presence of a deed, a contract or other writing. They can also verify some act or thing done in their presence. Among the things they do are:
Witnessing and proving signatures to documents
Taking affidavits (other than for the courts in Ireland)
Drawing up Powers of Attorney and other legal documents customarily prepared by notaries public
Documents typically prepared and authenticated by a Notary Public will include the following.
Powers of Attorney relating to dealings in foreign properties.
Notarial Certificates in respect of documents and persons.
Affidavits for use in foreign courts.
Affidavits concerning foreign language translations.
Ships Protest under Mercantile Law.
Certification of copied documents, such as College Degrees, Passports, Drivers Licences and utility bills.
Adoption Papers for certification and bringing to the Department of Foreign Affairs to be apostilled in accordance with the Hague Convention.
What is an Apostille Certificate.
An Apostille is a certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs verifying the genuineness of the signature and/or seal of a Notary Public on a public document. It is obtained by presenting the document at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Consular Section, at the Passport Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 and paying the appropriate consular fee.
The Apostille procedure only applies between countries that have signed and ratified or acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961. For those countries which have not done so a more complicated process, Legalisation, is required and there are there still are some jurisdictions which also require a seal from the appropriate embassy even though they have signed up to the Hague Convention.
What is Legalisation.
Legalisation (in some countries spelled ‘Legalization’) is an internationally recognised procedure for certifying the authenticity of official signatures and/or official seal applied to a public document. It operates by means of an unbroken chain of verifying signatures commencing with that of the first signatory to the document and ending with the signature of the diplomatic or consular representative of the state in which the document is to produced and acted upon.The legalisation procedure usually commences with the attestation by a Notary Public of the signature of a person to a formal document e.g. a Power of Attorney. The Notary Public having subscribed his or her name and affixed his or her official seal to the document by way of notarial act arranges for the document to be produced to the Registrar of the Supreme Court for the purpose of having the Notary’s signature and official seal verified.
The document is then produced at the Consular Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin for the purpose of having the signature of the Supreme Court Registrar verified and finally it is produced to the diplomatic or consular representative in Dublin (or London) of the foreign country in which it is intended the document shall be produced for the purpose of having the Irish Consular Officer’s signature legalised. When all the foregoing steps have been completed, the document is said to have been legalised.
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