Notarial and Legalisation Fees
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Notarial acts require a high standard of care, as reliance on such acts is made by clients, third parties, foreign governments and their Courts. I have a responsibility to protect against alterations, fraud, and forgery.
Notarial acts are not rubber stamping exercises and the requirements of accuracy and validity cannot be overridden by urgency or expense.
Unless otherwise agreed in writing Notarial responsibility is limited to the Notarial formalities and does not extend to advice on or drafting of documentation or on the matter under consideration.
Proof and Identification
In order to meet the high standard of Notarial acts, I am required to obtain proof (to my discretion and satisfaction), of identity, any represented legal capacity and authority, clients understanding of documentation, interpretation/or translation into or from other languages, effectiveness of documentation, validity, signature and witnessing, observance of required formalities both in Singapore and abroad.
Identification of individuals will be required. Individuals should produce NRIC Card or current passport or, in exceptional cases, other proof of similar validity and reliability.
In the case of companies, details of the proof and information required, depending on the circumstances and service required, should be discussed in advance with me.
Preparation of documentation for Notarial action is formal and prior preparation of documents or draft documents may be required. Early discussion of outline requirements with me is advised. Time, expense, and error, may be saved if clients, or their advisors, provide, in advance of any personal consultation, the originals or exact and complete photocopies of:
- all documents to be notarised
- covering correspondence or forms of instructions from the country to which the documentation is to be provided that relate to that act
- identification evidence (as referred to above)
- Documents to be notarised should not be bound, as the Notary may have to re-bind them with a covering Notarial Certificate.
Translations may be required of documents before a Notarial act.
An initial appointment and an appointment to finalise the Notarial act may be required, particularly if documentation has to be prepared in a certain unique style.
Attendance arrangements outside can be made. Attendance fee will be charged in these cases. Travelling and travelling time will incur additional expense to the client.
You are asked to supply me with clear instructions, including all relevant background information, at the outset and as the matter continues.
Company clients should nominate one individual who is authorised to give instructions on the company's behalf in relation to each matter.
Fees are normally due for settlement on completion of work and prior to release of completed documentation. In other words, “Cash on Delivery” of service.
In the event of payment not being made as requested, I reserve the right to decline to act any further on behalf of the client and/or to exercise a lien on any papers or documents of the client which are in my possession, until payment has been made.
I attach great importance to dealing with clients' affairs in strict confidence. However, some files may occasionally be made available on a confidential basis to an external auditor. I can arrange to withhold any particular file from random selection for such inspection, upon written request. The Singapore Academy of Law and the Law Society of Singapore also has rights of inspection of attestation register and or documents to ensure good practice.
I do not advise on foreign law but act in an evidential, authentication capacity.