If you plan to emigrate, or to marry, work or buy or sell land or property abroad, you may need the services of a Notary Public. This is an internationally recognised role and is not the same as a solicitor. A Notary Public is a specially trained and qualified lawyer who is permitted to authenticate and certify the execution of documents for use outside the UK – these may include certificates of qualification, identification and marital status or official company documents and agreements. A Notary Public mainly acts as an impartial and legally trained witness to ensure the documents comply with official requirements overseas.

Why Downie & Gadban?

Simon Acworth, our Notary Public since 1983, is to our knowledge the only Notary in the Alton area. He is able to notarise, certify and authenticate many different types of documents for individuals, companies and other organisations for use abroad.

Areas of expertise

Notarial Services we provide include:

  • Witnessing the signature of documents.
  • Authenticating (confirming the truth of) facts set out in a document, certifying originals or copies of originals.
  • Assisting with legalisation or consularisation (where documents are required to be legalised by an embassy or consulate or by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office).

Client testimonials

You have been so kind and considerate at all times. Thank you so much for all your help and guidance that you have given me over the last months. I have been happy and contented that you have dealt with my affairs very professionally.” (Mrs F)

To see Simon’s profile click here.


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