On instructing a Notary

When you instruct a notary, you will be given written confirmation which will contain:

  • Details of the fixed fee or the basis on which the fee will be calculated (usually hourly) and a proper estimate
  • The work which is covered by the fee or estimate with the likely timescale including for each key stage if the work is to be completed in stages 
  • The likely third-party costs (“disbursements”) which will include registration fees. These principally will be “legalisation fees” which is the process by which the signature and seal of the notary is checked and recorded by the Foreign Office and/or the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which the document is to be used.
  • VAT
  • An explanation of the circumstances when the fees might increase