Not all important forms and documents require notarisation. The process is used primarily in instances where an impartial witness is required to ensure the individual signing is who they present themselves to be. They may, for example, certify a person’s signature on the document to prove that the person signing is the person named in the document. Alternatively, they may certify that the document is authentic or that it is a true copy of an original document that the notary has seen.
You may require the services of a notary public in relation to:
- Foreign adoption papers
- Affidavits for use in foreign courts
- Copies of State documents for use abroad
- International contracts
- Powers of Attorney