In certain cases you will need an additional certificate from your Notary to prove the authenticity of the papers. This is known as an Apostille and whether you need one depends on your document’s destination as this varies from country to country.
Our Notaries, Stephen Gordon (Chesterfield) and Matthew Maiden (Mansfield) will assess from the outset whether an Apostille is necessary in your case. The Apostille is used to certify your Notary’s identity and authority to practice and in the UK the certificate is issued by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
If your notarised documents are to be used in a country that has signed up to The Hague Convention then an Apostille will normally be sufficient for your documents to be accepted in that country. This is because there is a reciprocal agreement between countries signed up to Convention 12 of The Hague Convention stating that member states will accept paperwork apostilled in any of the other member states.
There are, however, some countries who will still insist upon legalisation and we can advise whether this is needed in order for your notarised documents to be accepted.
Good News for Second Home owners in the EU
The EU has ruled that taxes recently introduced by France in relation to British owners of second properties violate European law and the authorities in Spain have ruled that British people that were duped into buying illegal homes in Spain during their property boom can be entitled to compensation.