Everything you need to know about finding a Notary Public in Melbourne

Rose Lawyers on 1 May 2017

Are you looking for a Notary Public in Melbourne? A Notary Public is not the same as a Justice of the Peace, so make sure you see the correct person for your specific documents.

Here's what you need to know about Notaries Public, their services, and where you can find one.

What is a notary public?

A Notary Public is a public officer, usually a Lawyer, who is appointed by the Supreme Court and given the power to witness documents, administer oaths and perform various other duties of a national and international nature.

They will sign and affix their seal to documents which they have witnessed or certified. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade keeps a record of the signature and seal of each Notary Public so that they can certify that the documents are genuine.

When do you need a Notary Public?

For most everyday documents, a Lawyer or Justice of the Peace will be able to witness and certify documents for you. However, there are some specialist applications which require a Notary Public.

Contract Sign Main SupportYou will need a Notary Public if your documents are going to be used in a foreign country. This is because the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is authorised to issue Authentication Certificates to prove that signatures and seals of Notaries Public are genuine.

A Justice of the Peace is not qualified to witness documents for use in a foreign country, so you will need a Notary Public to witness and certify anything which you need to use overseas.

A Notary Public can help you with a range of services, all of which are valid in Australia and internationally. A Notary Public can:

  • Attest documents and certify their due execution
  • Prepare and certify Powers of Attorney, Wills, Deeds, Contracts and other legal documents
  • Administer oaths for documents
  • Witness signatures to Affidavits, Statutory Declarations, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, and other documents
  • Verify documents
  • Certify copy documents
  • Exemplify official documents for use internationally
  • Note and protest bills of exchange

For more information about any of these services, please contact us.

How much does a Notary Public cost?

Every Notary Public is entitled to charge their own fees for their services. There are no set fees for Notaries Public.

Costs often depend on the number and type of documents you need to have certified or witnessed. We can provide you with a quote for your Notary Public services when you get in touch with us.

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Joseph Rose – Notary Public in Melbourne

At Rose Lawyers, Joseph Rose is our Principal and a Notary Public. He has an impressive legal resume with more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer. Joseph was also one of the first lawyers in Victoria to obtain Specialist Accreditation in Business and Commercial Law.

Joseph has been a Notary Public since 2005 when he was appointed as a Fellow of the Society of Notaries in Victoria. He is community orientated and can help you with any queries you may have.

To organise a time to have Joseph certify your documents, call Rose Lawyers on 03 9878 5222.