Authentication of documents for use overseas can be done at TY Lawyers with our qualified public notary. We can also witness signatures and certify documents.

What is a Notary?

All notaries in New South Wales are qualified lawyers and are appointed by the Supreme Court pursuant to the Public Notaries Act 1997(NSW) and the Public Notaries Appointment Rules 1998. 

A notary has been likened to “an International Justice of the Peace” because, almost exclusively, the work of a notary involves documentation required by a client for overseas use. By comparison, documentation for use within Australia can usually be dealt with by a qualified lawyer.

Common Functions Performed By Notaries

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  • Witnessing signatures of individuals to documents and authenticating identity
  • Witnessing Powers of Attorney for use overseas
  • Certifying true copies of documents for use overseas
  • Assist the process of authenticating official government, personal documents and information for use overseas
  • For corporations and businesses, witnessing documents and authenticating status and transactions
  • Dealing with documentation for land, property, and deceased estates overseas

Other Notarial Functions

Often notarial functions may include the requirement for the preparation of legal documents, such as a power of attorney or an agreement encompassing and formalising a transaction. As a lawyer the notary is well qualified to carry out this legal work for the client as well as perform the notarial function.

If you’re in need of notary services or require a Chinese lawyer fluent in Mandarin or Cantonese to assist with notarial functions, call our team at TY Lawyers Chatswood.


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