If you need an Apostille, Legalisation or Authentication we attend to this on your behalf – saving you time, energy and hassle. We eliminate the guess work, leaving you free to go about your business and personal life. We can also take care of all the details and deliver your sealed documents to you at your preferred location.
We pride ourselves on being efficient and exemplary in our execution and delivery of notary services. Our notary services are used by corporates and individuals, and we have built a reputation based on our exemplary, thorough and rapid notarial services.
About our Notary Public
Loren Suntup is a solicitor with over ten years of experience. Loren is also a notary public practising in New South Wales, Sydney.
Loren was appointed by the Supreme Court pursuant to the Public Notaries Act 1997 (NSW) and the Public Notaries Appointment Rules 1998.
Loren is a member of The Law Society of New South Wales, The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries and The Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc.
Loren speaks English, Afrikaans and Hebrew.
What is a Public Notary?
A Notary Public, Public Notary or Notary (they all mean the same thing) is a public officer appointed by Statute or Commission to witness documents, administer oaths, or perform other administrative functions of an international nature.
Can I just use a Justice of the Peace or “JP” to witness my documents?
No. If the document you need notarised specifically refers to a “public notary” then a JP won’t be sufficient and only a notary public or public notary is required.
A public notary is sometimes referred to as an “international JP” because the documents we deal with have an international flavour and are going to be used abroad. In New South Wales public notaries must also be qualified solicitors.
How much will it cost to notarise my documents?
Public Notary fees in NSW consider the Scale of Fees.
Sometimes, depending on what you need notarised, additional documents may need to be prepared or drafted for you, and the notary fees will depend on the time taken to draft these documents. Also, notaries may charge for spending time travelling to get to you or providing ancillary time and advice.
How do you notarise my documents?
When witnessing or signing a document, the Public Notary will affix an official seal to the document immediately under, adjacent or as near as possible to the notary’s signature. Where several pages are notarised or, if there is a bundle of documents, then the documents should be bound according to the Public Notary binding requirements with a ribbon to bind the bundle together.
Do we have to meet face-to-face?
Yes. Public Notaries can’t notarise documents electronically (well, not yet anyway).
Can you come to me?
Yes. Appointments can take place either at a place of your choosing. Morrigan Legal can arrange visits to clients’ homes or businesses when required and evening or weekend visits may be arranged in cases of necessity.
We service all of Sydney, with a focus on the Sydney CBD and Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
Common Functions Performed By Notaries
The most common functions or tasks of notaries within Australia tend to be:
Legalisation Of The Notary’s Signature
In many instances the document/s you need to send overseas may require the signature and seal of the notary to be legalised (certified as correct) by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Once DFAT has issued its certificate and endorsed or attached it to the notary’s document, the document may have to be certified at the Consulate or Embassy of the foreign country to which it is to be sent. The Consulate or Embassy is in effect certifying the Australian Government’s seal and signature on the document is correct.
We can help you to understand DFAT’s requirements and the requirements of the particular Consulate. The act of DFAT’s legalisation of the notary’s signature and seal never implies acceptance or approval of any words, statement, certificate or other document preceding the legalised signature. This is frequently stated by DFAT in its certificates.
Many countries, including Australia, are signatories to a Convention that overcomes the double requirement of legalisation and then certification by the Consulate. Member countries issue an “Apostille” which cuts time and expense for the client. The Apostille is a statement identifying the signature of the notary and comprises a large stamp affixed to the notary’s signed document. Under The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents of 1961, the Australian authorised affixer of the Apostille is DFAT.