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What is a Notary Public

A Queensland Notary (also referred to as a Notary Public) is a practicing Solicitor appointed by an English Archbishop, given the power to sign and witness documents for use within Australia or for use internationally. To become a Notary, one must be a practicing Solicitor of 10 years and complete a comprehensive application process. A Justice of Peace (JP) can witness documents such as statutory declarations, affidavits and certify original documents for use within Australia. Notary’s provide similar services to a JP but can also authenticate documents intended for use overseas.

The Notary Public will fix a unique official seal and their stamp on relevant documents. A notary public signature can be endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also known as DFAT. This document can then be submitted to other foreign embassies for further legalisation as required or can be sent directly overseas. In various instances, for a document to be accepted internationally it must be legalised/formally proved to be genuine. Most countries require documents witnessed or certified by a Notary Public prior to the documents being valid and used overseas. Under the Hague Apostille Convention, the office of the seal of a Notary Public is recognised internationally.

A Notary also possesses the power to oversee oaths of an individual who signs a legal document, ensuring that they were genuinely under oath during the process. Notaries also execute various international administrative tasks and have the capability to officially confirm the identities of the signatories to a degree acceptable by the Courts. This confirmation validates the accuracy of statements and gives them legal enforceability.

Responsibilities and functions of a Notary Public


Witnessing affidavits, statutory declarations, powers of attorney, contracts, international Wills and other documents for use in Australia and internationally.
Certification of original documents for production overseas.
Preparation of International Wills.
Exemplification of official documents for use internationally.
Preparation of Life Certificates – identification of a person and a statement that they are alive.
Preparation and certification of powers of attorney, wills, deeds, contracts and other legal documents for use internationally.
Administering of oaths for use in Australia and internationally.
Certification of copy documents for use in Australia and internationally.
Certification of University testamurs and other educational documents.
Preparation of ships’ protests; Noting and protesting of bills of exchange.

Our Notary requires 24 hours notice to review your documents and prepare a quote, depending on the details of your documents.

If you are require a Notary, feel free to contact us today.

Greenhalgh Pickard’s Notary Public

Amy McCarthy
Very happy with the service from Jessica and the team at Greenhalgh Pickard. This was my first time purchasing a home so I didn’t quite know what to expect - Jessica gave great advice and the process was executed flawlessly. Highly recommend.
Gabrielle Worrall
The legal and accounting teams have been great to deal with and very professional, definitely reccommend!
Mark Edwards
We used Greenhalgh Pickard Solicitors for the purchase of our property. Professional, efficient, and approachable. Thanks so much to Ella and the team. We will be sure to use them again.
John Ryan
Very happy with every part of our dealings with Greenhalgh Pickard Solicitors. Everyone involved made us very comfortable and were very helpful and clear with any questions we had. Would highly recommend.
Greg Andrew
Highly recommend the team at Greenhalgh Pickard after our experience with them. Highly professional, friendly and excellent communication at all times! Very grateful for their prompt service.
Brendon Bolt
Eloise was very helpful in assisting on some business matters. Her and her team were very professional and knowledgeable and provided assistance in a timely manner.
Haileigh Stokes
I highly recommend Tori and the team. Tori has been an incredible help with my recent commercial property lease. Tori took the time to explain everything and was always easy to contact via phone or email.
Troy Hartup
This is the second time I have engaged the team at Greenhalgh Pickard and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Jessica went above and beyond to help me secure a block of land interstate and I can not fault her level of expertise, professionalism or friendliness. I was always kept informed and any questions I had were answered swiftly. Jessica made this process seem simple from start to finish and I am very happy. Thank you Jessica.
Lindy Balikn
I am very impressed with the professionalism this firm shows as well as their speedy responses. They could not have been more helpful and I will definitely use this firm again when the need arises
Pamela Stanley
Fabulous and prompt service! Good solid advice delivered in plain English. Thank you to everyone who assisted me, I would highly recommend you to anyone who asked and will definitely use this firm for any advice I require in the future.
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