Steps to take prior to appearing before a Notary
Identity of Appearer
Each person who appears before a Notary is called an Appearer. It is necessary for the Notary to establish the identity and place of residence of all persons appearing before them. Usually, the Notary will require at least two of the following three forms of identity: –
- Current Passport.
- Current Driving Licence.
- Original Utility Bill (less than 3 months old).
If a Notary suspects that a transaction is “tainted” i.e. the monies or assets being dealt with represent the proceeds of crime or terrorism, the Notary is legally obliged to report such suspicion to An Gárda Siochána.
Complete the Documents
It is essential that the Appearer fill in all the gaps in the documentation to the best of their ability prior to the appointment with the Notary. If you need help in this regard please contact us.
Foreign language documents
If the document to be notarised is in a foreign language it would be wise to have the document translated by an official translator prior to making the appointment with the Notary. The Notary will require you to acknowledge formally in writing in a standard form, that you understand the contents and nature of the document.