David Woods

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Understanding the Apostille

Corporate and Commercial / 13 December 2017

Did you know that in addition to being the Head of our Corporate & Commercial Department, David Woods is also a Notary Public? He is one of only 750 or so qualified and practising Notaries in England & Wales. An Apostille – what on earth is that?  Watch David’s video blog to find out.

If you prefer to read the words here is a summary:

In my work as a Notary, the question often arises as to whether a document needs the Apostille, in addition to my Notarial certification.

An Apostille is a certificate issued in the UK by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, under the Hague Convention. It provides a further level of authentication.  Whilst it is not required in every country it is notably requested in France, Spain, Italy, Brazil and China.

When you need a document legalising for use abroad, you should always check whether an Apostille is required.

We have to send the document to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to obtain the Apostille and it takes about a week to come back. This is something I can assist you with if and when required.

For support with a Notary issue of any kind, call David Woods on 01733 887793, or visit his notary website: www.notarypublicpeterborough.co.uk

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