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Choosing the right Notary 

So, you’re flying to Italy tomorrow and you need a single status declaration notarised ASAP. Or do you? Is that all you need? What even is a single status declaration?  You’ve never done this before and you don’t know where to go. Stress levels are high and tensions are rising. However, there is one saving grace, as choosing the right notary for the job will make the whole process run smoother, putting you at ease and allowing you to get back to packing. 

So how do you choose where to go? After all, you’ve never even heard of a notary before today, when you found out after reading our FAQ or our blog post on this topic. Well, here are some (totally unbiased and non-exhaustive) factors that may help you decide when choosing a notary (for your declaration, or any other services you might require).  

  1. Location, Location, Location. 

You’ve heard it a million times, but location is perhaps the most important factor. Finding a notary closest to you, or in a well-connected city such as London, would be most convenient. Our regulator, the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury has a search tool to help you locate the notary closest to your postcode. If mobility is a concern, then you may be able to avail yourself of the services of a mobile notary who can visit you in person. We have heard rumours of a notary in Cornwall who has a mobile notarising van, which is sadly not a service we provide at this time. Alternatively, some services may be completed fully remotely via secure video call, so it is worth inquiring. We at Larianae Notaries are located on The Strand, and offer appointments during business hours and occasionally outside of business hours in exceptional circumstances. We are also prepared to make home visits or visit corporate clients at their place of business. 

  1. Qualifications 

A notary is a specialist lawyer, with powers and qualifications recognised internationally. It is a protected title, meaning only those who are registered with the Faculty Office are entitled to use the title, and notarial activities are “reserved” under the Legal Services Act 2007, meaning only notaries are legally authorised to issue notarial acts. Note that notaries and solicitors are two distinct professions, and the latter are not legally authorised or carry out notarial activities. Scrivener notaries are notaries with further qualifications in advanced notarial practice and foreign law and with proficiency in at least two foreign languages. We currently have specialist Scrivener Notaries in English, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and French, trained to a high standard to issue documents directly in foreign languages for use abroad. We speak your language and those of the officials who need to approve your documents, reducing the risk of your documents not being accepted. 

  1. Reputation 

Choosing a trustworthy, reliable notary with professional service is a vital factor to consider. Founded in 2020 and having become a Scrivener firm in 2022, our reviews speak to our happy clients. We are committed to excellent specialist service, transparency and customer satisfaction. Our brilliant team, consisting of our Scrivener Notary, Lara, and Notarial assistant, Roberta and Trainee Notary, Hithesh are happy to answer any questions you may have along the way and ensure your documents meet the required formalities for acceptance by the recipient officials. 

  1. Services offered  

Legalisation and translation are some of the services that go hand in hand with notarisation and are often required together. Finding a notary that can complete all three will ensure a smooth service and save you the hassle of having to obtain quotations and services from several different places. In this regard, we are well placed to meet your needs, offering a complete service. As a firm of multi-lingual Scrivener notaries, we at Larianae Notaries specialise in verifying, authenticating and recording documents, and have dedicated and specialist and tested knowledge in certain foreign languages and jurisdictions. Our notaries have worked with private clients ranging from film stars through to couples seeking to get married. They have also acted for multinational corporations ranging from major banks to global media companies.  We are therefore a great choice in ensuring you can meet all of your notarial needs in one place. 

So you can fly tomorrow with your mind at ease and your heart full of excitement, because if you’ve found us, you’re in good hands. Feel free to get in touch with us if you need a quote and appointment for our services. Our offices are located at Thanet House, 231-232 Strand, London WC2R 1DA.