Notarising a BEN2 FORM – Declaration as to verification of identity

What is a BEN2 FORM? In Ireland, the Registry of Beneficial Ownership has introduced a new requirement for individuals who are beneficial owners in Irish companies. Now, if the beneficial owner does not have an Irish Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), they must apply for an RBO Transaction Number, by means of completing and signing […]

Alive & kicking

As notaries, we get some extraordinary requests: for example, a client comes to the office and ask us to verify he or she is still alive!  The document required may be called ‘proof of life’ or ‘certificate of life’ or ‘declaration of existence’.  The most frequent reason for needing this service is in order to […]

Buying abroad

Many elements of a notary’s work involve buying or selling real estate outside the UK; be it … Land: regulated, unregulated… Buildings: Residential; second homes, investment property, off plan apartments, villas, re-sales, repossessions, time share or fractional ownership… Commercial: industrial, storage, offices… In the UK the role of the notary in connection with buying foreign […]

Notarised documents for the UAE

+ Click here to see country requirements for UAEDoing Business in the UAE or Qatar? The most common document the notary deals with, particularly in relation to business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, is a Power of Attorney (PoA). A PoA is needed in order to get a legal document signed abroad […]

Going to work in the UAE?

Congratulations! You’ve just got a new job and you’re off to the UAE! Before you can up-sticks and move to sunnier climes, you may be asked to dig out your old educational certificates. Your new employer will need to have attested copies of your educational certificates in order to arrange your visa. If you’ve never […]

The Apostille

The Apostille, also known as the Apostille Convention, Apostille Treaty and its full name the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, is in fact an international treaty. THE NAME Apostille comes from the French word apostille (meaning “marginal annotation or note”), itself from the Old French word apostiller (meaning “to […]