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Posted on 10:47am Saturday 30th Jan 2010
We thought this wedding video was very unique.
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Posted on 7:28am Friday 29th Jan 2010
Five men who took part in the massacre of the founding father of Bangladesh and his family were executed yesterday.
The former army officers, were convicted in 1998. They were hanged after their final appeal against the death penalty was rejected by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Posted on 7:24am Friday 29th Jan 2010
The President of Argentina claims that pork improves your sex life.
Having a chop or too is better than medicine. The President said she spent a satisfying time with her husband after eating barbecued meat .
Posted on 7:12am Friday 29th Jan 2010
JD Salinger has died at the age of 91. He was the author of "The Catcher in the Rye"
He writer died of natural causes at his home in America.
The book became a cult story in 1951 , selling 60 million copies.
Posted on 7:07am Friday 29th Jan 2010
Fathers of children born after 3rd April 2011 will be entitled to a maximum of six month's paternity leave.
The plans are to become law before the next general election.
Small businesses would struggle with the new legislation.
Posted on 10:37am Thursday 28th Jan 2010
Airline revenues are down due to the economic downturn.
Demand for airline passenger seats dropped 3 . 5 % .
Analysts are predicting that 2010 will be no better than 2009.
Air freight carried by the airlines was down . Demand fell by 10.1 % .
Careful capacity control and cost reduction will lead to airline revenue improvements. The industry are also struggling due to the need for more security controls.
Posted on 9:40am Thursday 28th Jan 2010
The Bank DLR Station has reopened which is a convenient way to get to and from Canary Wharf.
Extra signal testing will take place to enhance the service.
Three car capacity will increase capacity by 50 % on the Bank to Lewisham route.
Posted on 10:54am Saturday 23rd Jan 2010
This term has been defined in Article 2 of the Hague Convention of October 5th, 1961 as " the formality by which the diplomatic or consular agents of the country in which a document is to be produced certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which it bears. "
The formality of legalisation is commonly referred to as " consularisation".
As a general rule, only documents issued by a Notary Public or some other public official in a country from which the document emanates are capable of being legalised, although some embassies or consulates append legalisations to private signatures, especially where the signatory is one of their nationals.
Legalisation is rarely necessary in the case of documents executed in England and Wales and intended for use in a Commonwealth country, but is generally a requirement if the document is to be used elsewhere.
In cases where a document requires legalisation, personal attendance by the Notary Public at the embassy or consulate is not necessary.
The Notary Public should, however, deposit there a specimen of his signature and an impression of his seal of office. A number of embassies and consulates in England and Wales will not legalise the signature and seal of a Notary Public.
In these cases the document must first be submitted to the Legalisation Office of the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in either central London or Milton Keynes, which appends a certificate to the document certifying the genuineness of the signature and seal of the Notary Public; thereafter, the document is presented to the embassy or consulate for legalisation of the signature of the Foreign Office official set to that certificate.
The Hague Convention of October 5th, 1961 abolishes the requirement for legalisation of public documents (defined therein to include acts of a Notary Public) which have been executed in the territory of one contracting state and have to be produced in the territory of one contracting state and have to be produced in the territory of another contracting state.
The Convention was ratified by the United Kingdom on August 21st, 1964, and entered into force for the United Kingdom on January 24th, 1965.
The states which are parties to the Convention agree to exempt from legalisation from legalisation by their consular or diplomatic authorities the public documents to which the Convention applies.
The formality of legalisation is replaced by the addition to such a document of a certificate (known as an "Apostille") issued by the competent authority of the state from which the document emanates. In the United Kingdom, the authority competent to issue Apostilles is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
It is important to note that the Convention does not introduce a requirement for the affixing of an Apostille where no requirement for legalisation would otherwise exist.
Although many Commonwealth countries are parties to the Convention, it is rarely necessary that a public document issued in the England and Wales for use in such a country will require the addition of an Apostille, since the courts in most Commonwealth countries take judicial notice of the signatures and seals of a Notary Public and other officials in the England and Wales.
Should you require an Apostille and / or Legalisation and / or Consularisation, please telephone us on + 44 (0) 20 7147 9956 for an appointment.
Posted on 10:52am Saturday 23rd Jan 2010
Travel Consent Forms
Because of increasing instances of child abduction in custody cases and a growing number of children who are victims of trafficking and pornography, an immigration officer, airline or travel company may ask you to provide a Travel Consent Form if your child is traveling internationally with only one parent or with another adult, such as a grandparent, uncle or aunt.
In an effort to prevent international child abduction , many governments have initiated special procedures for minors at entry and exit points to their countries. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian (s),not present. Having such documentation on hand may facilitate entry or departure. To be of full effect, this document should be sworn and signed before a Notary Public.
"Sole Custody" means that only one parent or guardian has the right to make decisions affecting the child. "Joint Custody" means that both parents have the right to participate in making these kinds of decisions. Parents may have Joint Custody even if the child resides with only one parent.
If you are a single parent (by divorce), in addition to the travel Consent Form which must be signed by the Notary Public, you will require the long version of the Birth Certificate and a copy of your Custody Order, Judgment or equivalent.
If you are one parent traveling alone with your child, you need the Travel Consent Form to be signed by the absent parent. The Travel Consent Form must include the absent parent's address, telephone number, authorisation to travel, the destination and length of stay.
Travel Consent Forms which are sworn and signed before a Notary Public are required for single parents (by divorce)and minor children to travel to Australia, China, Dominican Republic, Mexico, United States of America and Vietnam.
Posted on 10:49am Saturday 23rd Jan 2010
An English Notary Public Lawyer
A Notary Public in almost all common law jurisdictions is a qualified, experienced and additionally trained lawyer.
Traditionally, notaries recorded matters of judicial importance as well as private transactions or events where an officially authenticated record or a document drawn up with professional skill or knowledge was required.
Specifically, the functions of notaries include the preparation of certain types of documents (including international contracts, deeds, wills and powers of attorney) and certification of their due execution, administering of oaths, witnessing affidavits and statutory declarations, certification of copy documents, noting and protesting of bills of exchange and the preparation of ships' protests.
Notary Public Lawyers are also Commissioners for Oaths.
Significant weight attaches to documents certified by notaries.
Documents certified by notaries are sealed with the notary's seal and are recorded by the notary in a register maintained by him/her. These are known as "notarial acts".
In countries subscribing to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents only one further act of certification is required, known as an apostille) and is issued by a government department (usually the Foreign Affairs Department or similar).
For other countries an "authentication" or "legalisation" must be issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the country from which the document is being sent or the Embassy, Consulate-General or High Commission of the country to which it is being sent.
The Notaries Profession in England is the oldest branch of the legal profession.
Notaries Public Lawyers in England and Wales form the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom. Their origin can be traced back to the times of the occupation of Britain by the Romans.
Just like Notaries in countries with Civil Law Jurisdictions, Notary Public Lawyers carry out all kinds of non-contentious legal work. They are effectively Civil Law Lawyers or Notaries practising in a Common Law Jurisdiction and are a bridge between the Civil Law Jurisdictions and the Common Law Jurisdictions of England and Wales. Our firm have Ecclesiastical Lawyers who are members of the Ecclesiastical Law Society of England.
A Notary Public Lawyer prepares Notarial Acts including Authentic Acts mainly being documents executed in England and Wales for use elsewhere in the world.
This will include drafting, review and explanation of documents for use outside the UK.
There are two basic types of Notarial Act; those in private form and those in Public form for which are Authentic Acts/Instruments.
The private form is when a Notary Public Lawyer annexes a Notarial Certificate by way of authentification of a document thus converting it into a Notarial Act.
The Public Form is an Authentic Act / Instrument drafted by the Notary Public Lawyer which will include verification of identity, legal capacity and understanding of the documents and awareness of the contents , and confirming authority to enter into the transaction e.g., in the case of a corporate body.
The role of the English Notaries in helping business and citizens is well recognised.
English Notary Public Lawyers have had their Notarial Acts recognised worldwide for centuries and this indeed has permitted citizens and businesses to circulate freely.
In this way Notaries facilitate commerce and life for the ordinary citizen as Notarial Acts enable them to go about their daily lives and business freely with reasonable cost and without undue delay.
Please telephone for an appointment on + 44 (0) 20 7147 9956.