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Sukhpal Matharoo
Partner and Notary Public at Doyle Clayton, Reading
Partner and Notary Public at Doyle Clayton, Reading
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What's in a name?

I am increasingly being asked to prepare and certify documentation relating to changes of name. A key issue appears to be the different naming conventions which apply in different countries with regard to passport and other ID documentation. So whereas in country A my client may be referred to as John Joe Smith in his passport, in his ID documents in country B he may be referred to as John Smith or Joe John Smith. This can cause issues with regard to documents that need to be signed by the individual - for example, by which name should my client be referred to in the document? If the wrong name is inserted the document may be rejected by the recipient so it is important to get this right.

It is possible to prepare documentation that can help get around this tricky issue and if you have any questions or would like to discuss your own position then do get in touch.

#changeofname #namechange #notary #notarypublic

The deadline for notarising and apostilling documents in 2017 is fast approaching as we head towards the end of the calendar year.

The FCO (the only body empowered to apostille documents in the UK) will be closed after 22 December. If you wish to use the cheaper Milton Keynes service to apostille your documents, their office will open for one day on 28 December before the New Year. If you have an urgent need to apostille a document, the premium service in London would be your best bet and they will be open between 27-29 December. For documents also requiring consular legalisation at an Embassy the position is less clear as the Embassies keep their own opening and closing times.

Realistically and practically however I would recommend going to see a notary as soon as possible next week (week commencing 18 December) if you want to have your documents notarised, apostilled and sent to the intended destination in 2017.Our notarial and legalisation service offers a swift and efficient turnaround service and if you have any questions then do get in touch.

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Sukhpal Matharoo, Notary Public Reading and London T: 01189596839 E: smatharoo@doyleclayton.co.uk Doyle Clayton Solicitors, Sovereign House, Vastern Road, Reading RG1 8BT

Appointing an overseas representative? If you are about to transact business abroad, the chances are that you may at some point need to appoint a representative to act on behalf of you or your business. If so, the appointment, which may be by power of attorney, is likely to require to be signed before a notary public. The document may also need to be legalised (often by means of an apostille) as well.

I regularly notarise such documents and can also obtain legalisation where required. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Sukhpal Matharoo

https://www.doyleclayton.co.uk/services/corporate-employment/notary-public-legalisation-and-translation-services/

About me: I am a Partner and Notary Public with Doyle Clayton Solicitors. I provide notarial services throughout the Thames Valley (Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Abingdon, Oxford and Windsor) and London (Uxbridge, West Drayton, Ealing, Chiswick Mayfair, City and Canary Wharf).

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Sukhpal Matharoo, Notary Public Reading and London T: 01189596839 E: smatharoo@doyleclayton.co.uk Doyle Clayton Solicitors, Sovereign House, Vastern Road, Reading RG1 8BT

Legalisation of copy passports

With immediate effect the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will be rejecting the new design of passports which are not signed. HM Passport Office introduced a new design of passport in Oct 2016.

The main change is that the passport holder is now required to sign the passport on receipt as their signature is no longer digitally produced (as was the case with passports issued pre-October 2016). According to the FCO if the passport is not signed , it is not a valid document. They will not therefore apply an apostille to the document even if it has been certified by a notary public. The holder of the passport must therefore sign the document in the space provided.

Further details regarding the new requirements can be found at the following link (HMPO website): LINK

This change does not affect the older versions of passport where the holders signature has been digitally reproduced and can continue to be certified and apostilled as before.

Passports copies are often required to be certified for use abroad as part of ID checks.

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch at smatharoo@doyleclayton.co.uk or 0118 9596839.

Sukhpal Matharoo

http://www.doyleclayton.co.uk/expertise/employers/notary-public

About me: I am a Partner and Notary Public with Doyle Clayton Solicitors. I provide notarial services throughout the Thames Valley (Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Abingdon, Oxford and Windsor) and London (Uxbridge, West Drayton, Ealing, Chiswick Mayfair, City and Canary Wharf)

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Sukhpal Matharoo, Notary Public Reading and London T: 01189596839 E: smatharoo@doyleclayton.co.uk Doyle Clayton Solicitors, Sovereign House, Vastern Road, Reading RG1 8BT

I understand that the UAE Embassy have changed the procedure for the payment of Legalisation Charges with immediate effect.
They no longer accept the payment of cash for legalisation meaning the majority of payments will now be made by credit card. This will incur a conversion fee as the card payments need to be converted into Arab Emirate Dinars (AED).

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Sukhpal Matharoo

http://www.doyleclayton.co.uk/expertise/employers/notary-public

About me: I am a Partner and Notary Public with Doyle Clayton Solicitors. I provide notarial services throughout the Thames Valley (Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Abingdon, Oxford and Windsor) and London (Uxbridge, West Drayton, Ealing, Chiswick Mayfair, City and Canary Wharf)

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Sukhpal Matharoo, Notary Public Reading and London T: 01189596839 E: smatharoo@doyleclayton.co.uk Doyle Clayton Solicitors, Sovereign House, Vastern Road, Reading RG1 8BT

Do you need some documents certified by a notary public? If you are about to work or live abroad, you may be required to provide certified copies academic qualifications and/or birth certificates. In many cases these need to be certified by a notary public.The certified documents may also need to be legalised (often by means of an apostille) as well.

I regularly notarise such documents and can also obtain legalisation where required. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Sukhpal Matharoo

http://www.doyleclayton.co.uk/expertise/employers/notary-public

About me: I am a Partner and Notary Public with Doyle Clayton Solicitors. I provide notarial services throughout the Thames Valley (Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Abingdon, Oxford and Windsor) and London (Uxbridge, West Drayton, Ealing, Chiswick Mayfair, City and Canary Wharf).

Sukhpal Matharoo, Notary Public Reading and London T: 01189596839 E: smatharoo@doyleclayton.co.uk Doyle Clayton Solicitors, Sovereign House, Vastern Road, Reading RG1 8BT

Qatar Embassy Legalisation Fees

We have been informed that with immediate affect the legalisation fees at the Qatar Embassy will increase as follows:

Commercial Document £ 38.00
Personal Document £ 25.00

These prices are per document.

Sukhpal Matharoo

http://www.doyleclayton.co.uk/expertise/employers/notary-public


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Sukhpal Matharoo, Notary Public Reading and London T: 01189596839 E: smatharoo@doyleclayton.co.uk Doyle Clayton Solicitors, Sovereign House, Vastern Road, Reading RG1 8BT

Any parents making travel plans over Christmas which may involve one parent travelling with their child without the other parent? If so you may well need a notarised consent to travel from the absent parent. This is often required by the country into which the child will be travelling before they will allow them to enter or leave. This should be done in good time before leaving the UK - I have experience of parents being in tears when a consent to travel has not been prepared (because neither parent was aware of the need for this) and consequently missing flights to family weddings and gatherings.

I can prepare and notarise these consents for any clients who require them.

Sukhpal Matharoo

http://www.doyleclayton.co.uk/expertise/employers/notary-public
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