Notary Services

We Donate All Notary Takings To Charity

Notary Services

What is a notary?

A notary public is authorized to witness and certify documents for official use.

When might I need a notary?

Situations which might require the services of a notary include:

  • Giving an oath, affidavit or affirmation ( affidavit under the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981 that a house you are selling is not subject to any occupational rights). A notary is authorised to witness and record such a statement.
  • Documents for use in foreign jurisdictions often require notarisation to assure the foreign authority that they are genuine, e.g.for passport or visa applications, or for buying and selling houses or land abroad.
  • Apostille or Legalisation services. Some documents for use abroad require an internationally recognised seal, called an apostille. We can organise this via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
  • A notary can sign a document (such as a will or a contract) on behalf of someone who is blind or unable to write. The notary is required to ensure that the granter of the document knows and understands its contents.
  • A notary can certify copies of important documents such as birth, marriage or death certificates.

What documentation do I need to provide?

For verification purposes you will need to bring photographic I.D. and proof of address in two separate documents. Photographic I.D. is usually a passport or driving licence. Proof of address is usually a bank statement or utility bill.


Notarial services are usually not very expensive. The cost starts at £40, as a donation to our charity fund. Appointments tend to last no longer than 15 minutes. Contact us for more details on 0131 467 5566 or via the link below.


You can book an appointment at our Leith Office between 9am-5pm.