Charges & Payment
There is a basic notarial fee of £105 plus VAT, which is £126. This will be adjusted to take into account the time to be taken, which will depend on:
- the number of documents to be attested
- the number of people that are signing, each of whom needs to be identified
- whether the document is ready to be signed or needs drafting or completing by the notary – preparations
- the complexity of the assignment
- time taken to accommodate urgent requests
- printing and copying
- Email correspondence arranging the appointment and establishing the requirements of the body that is receiving the document
- establishing authority to sign, especially for company directors
- travel to an appointment out of office
- the requirement for independent witnesses other than the notary
- liaising with a party overseas, where asked to do so
- A student discount is offered for holders of student cards of 20%
Costs paid to third parties (disbursements) on behalf of a client are charged at cost, without mark-up. These include:
- obtaining apostille, legalisation, translation, courier and mail services for the client
- printing and copying large documents
- other disbursements incurred at a client’s request
- VAT will be charged on disbursements where this is required.
I prefer to receive payment by debit or credit card or by internet bank transfer. Payment must be received prior to release documents or before ordering apostilles, legalisation, translations and courier services on your behalf.
I will provide costs information or a quote as soon as I have enough information to know your requirements. Where the scope of work changes, the charges may be adjusted based on the effect on the time taken and disbursements.
In order to try and complete the work in a single appointment, preparation and drafting is needed. If you cancel the work after preparation started, you agree to meet the costs incurred to that point.
I will always assist you to keep your costs to a minimum. For example, where a number of copy documents are required, it may in some cases be possible to bind them together under a single notarial certificate which will then require a single apostille and/or consular legalisation, thereby saving costs. However, this depends on the requirements of the body that is to receive the document and in some cases the rules of the London consulate in question.