A Notary, also known as a Notary Public, is different to a Attorney, Notaries are practicing Attorneys with a further qualification admitted by the High Court, and one of their many roles is to verify legal documents. Many documents do need to be signed in the presence of a Notary including but not limited to a Power of Attorney.
We recommend you call us to discuss your requirements, pop in to our walk-in notary office or submit our online form. We will then be able to offer assistance and advise if the documents that you need Notarised must be signed in the presence of a Notary and if needed what the process will be to legalise the document for international use.
In order to Notarise a document a Notary Public will generally attach a Notary certificate which is then bound and sealed with ribbon to confirm the document has been notarised. If not attending our Notary’s office, in order to Notarise a document, the document must be sent to us by courier, we recommend you upload a us a scan of the document first using the facility incorporated in the online form so that we may advise you on the exact requirements.
If you have any doubt over the level of service and what you need in order for us to arrange a Notary stamp don’t hesitate to call us.
If you are required to sign the document you need Notarised then the document must be signed in the present of the Notary, do not sign the document then send it to us.
We will not be able to assist. If you do need a signature, then in order for our notary to assist you, you must bring along your ID or Passport.
Message Us for further details or to discuss your specific document legalisation requirements.
Notarial Fees do vary and depend on the service level required. Some documents need urgent attention others may need to be additionally legalised by DIRCO, High Court or perhaps an Embassy. As with our Notary, many of the Embassies are based in or around Arcadia, Pretoria. As such we are able to additionally arrange for embassy certification if required.
There are many different types of documents that can be notarised. We recommend all original documentation be sent to us by either a tracked Courier Service or via POSTNET. When we return your fully notarised documents we will also adhere to this policy. We always obtain a tracking reference but we cannot be held responsible if a tracked document goes astray. We do charge small fee for arranging Couriers. Should you wish to us arrange a Courier for the return of Notarised documentation and legalised documents please advise us accordingly.
On prior request, we scan documents before sending as proof that the process of Notarisation has completed. Unless you have discussed any different arrangements with us directly, all documents which require a Notary Stamp, an Apostille, a Translation or Embassy legalisation should be sent to us at Louwrens Koen Attorneys, Second Floor, Northern Pavilion, Loftus Versveld Stadium, 416 Kirkness Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa. For Attention: Ms Hanelie De Beer. If you have any doubt then please call us on 087 0010 733 or message us.
Our expertise within the legalisation of different documentation across a wide range of countries, we can offer international legalisation services.
The notarisation process will depend on different factors such as what the document is and if it needs to signed in any particular way or if it needs to be legalised for international use.
The first step would be to call us on 087 0010 733, message us using the online form or pop in to our office. We will review your request, srcutinise the documents you need help with, and advise on the best course of action. Once finalised we will provide you with a quote and schedule an appointment if needed or immediately assist.
At the appointment, we will ask you to complete our Client Registration Form, and we will conduct any necessary ID requirement checks. Our ID requirements page has more information on what you may need to bring.
Next we will notarise your documents whilst you wait. Appointments typically take between 15-30 minutes. Finally, we will take payment, provide you with your notarised documents, and email you a scan for your records of needed.
If you are using our Apostille or Consular legalisation services, you will leave your documents with us and we will notify you once those services have been completed.