How Can a Public Notary Help You?

How Can a Public Notary Help You?

If you have business, legal or financial documents which need to be used overseas, you will almost certainly require those documents to be notarised, and in some cases they may need to also be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

A notary can help Australian businesses trade overseas, by confirming you or your employees’ personal identity, witnessing the execution of documents and certifying copies of original documents that need to be provided to businesses or governments overseas.

In Australia and most countries (except USA) only senior lawyers can be Notaries.  Notaries must be registered with consulates and embassies and with DFAT, so that their notarial acts are legally recognised worldwide by governments and businesses. It is important to remember that a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner of Oaths CANNOT perform Notarial Acts.

To ensure that a document will be legally valid and/or acceptable in an overseas jurisdiction, you should contact your lawyer Adelaide or agent in the host country to confirm the legal requirements as to what is acceptable according to their local laws, customs & procedures. This allows the South Australian Notary to help you ensure that everything is correct when preparing, signing and notarising the document in Australia for production overseas.

Public Notary In Adelaide: How A Notary Can Help Before You Travel Overseas

Australian travellers should take certain precautions before they venture overseas.

Public Notary In Adelaide How A Notary Can Help Before You Travel Overseas

Many countries have a very high crime rate, with majority of crime being minor or opportunistic such as pickpockets or bag snatching.

Here are some of the benefits of using the services of a Public Notary before you leave:

Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. If you lose your passport, credit cards, driver’s license, health-insurance information or other important travel documents while you are away, it will be faster & easier to replace the originals if you have notarised certified copies of the originals. With a copy of your passport information and number, for example, you can go to the nearest consulate or embassy and have your passport reissued more quickly than if the number had to be tracked down and you have to prove who you really are.

Public Notary In Adelaide: The Importance of Consulting a Public Notary in Adelaide

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Public Notary Adelaide: Procrastination and Powers of Attorney

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Some people resist creating Powers of Attorney because the concepts of ageing, illness and incapacity are scary and seem unnecessary and too far away when we are well.

But accident & illness are unpredictable, no matter how good you currently feel, and if you have not taken the time to set up a contingency plan prior to your incapacity, then it will be too late and your family will be faced with major difficulties in trying to access your information & documents, to help you and them cope with the consequences of your incapacity.

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a powerful document that allows you to name an agent (called an attorney) to handle legal & financial matters on your behalf. For example, your attorney can deal with Centrelink & Medicare regarding your pension, sign documents to claim on your insurance policies, access your bank accounts, manage your superannuation and any other investments to ensure that your financial well-being is taken care of if you are not able to do so yourself.

A Medical Power of Attorney allows you to name a medical agent or advocate who can make decisions for you when you are medically unable to make decisions in your own best interests. Such decisions may include the type of medical treatment you receive, which hospital or care facility you are placed in when you cannot care for yourself, and your medical agent might also be involved in decisions with regard to removing you from life support (unless you have created an Advance Directive which deals with end-of-life decisions and bypasses all other people including your medical agent).