When it comes to the authentication of important documents, you need someone to authenticate them. The authentication body can’t be just anyone. It has to be someone who has been officially authorized to authenticate the documents. The authentication process requires this authority to put a sign or stamp on the papers that are to be verified. However, before this person puts a sign and stamp on the documents, they have to make sure a certain process and protocols are followed. The need of a notary public makes sense when it comes to dealing with documents of very great value, e.g. property documents.
Now, an important factor that you have to understand about notary public is that they have to make sure you are present at the time of the notarization of the documents. They make sure of that not only based on your presence but also a few answers from you. The documents that you want notarized, do you understand them? Do you know what they are? Do you know what the effects of signing those documents will be? You have to answer those questions correctly before notary public signs your documents. The attestation or verification from notary public then works in the country or even abroad.
If you are in the UK, you will have to make sure that the notary public you pick is registered with London’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The good thing is that a notary public can come to you if you are not in the position to visit them. To make things better, you now have online technology at your disposal. What it means is that you don’t have to be physically present in front of the notary public. You can be available to them through video and the notarization process can be completed just like it is completed normally.