Philip Wallace - Notary Public.

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Legalisation. What is it?

After I have witnessed/notarised your documents, many countries want the government to confirm that my signature is genuine. This is done by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (the FCO). They check my signature and attach a certificate (called an 'Apostille') confirming that the document has been signed by me and that I am a Notary. The Apostille is a procedure agreed by many countries under the Hague Convention.

There are 3 main options for legalisation at the FCO:

1. Do it yourself. You complete the 2-page application form. You pay the FCO online and print your receipt. You go to Post Office and send the papers to the public legalisation office in Milton Keynes. It takes about 6-7 days.
Total cost: £30 per document plus the costs of special delivery/FEDEX return.

2. Agency legalisation. I arrange legalisation through an agency, which also takes 6-7 days. You then pick up the documents from my office.
Total cost: £95.60 for the first document and £67.60 per document after that. This includes the cost of the Apostille, agency fee and my admin. fee, and special Delivery both ways so they don't get lost.

3. Same-day in London. This office is not public. It has a quick service, maximum 90 mins, but typically 35-45 mins. I arrange for you to go there as my representative. You pay the FCO online in my office, I give you instructions, print your receipt, etc.
Total cost: one £60 admin fee + £75 per document (the FCO charges more in London).

For some countries, additional legalisation is needed, such as embassy/consular stamps, or stamps from a chamber of commerce. Every country is different.


Philip Wallace, Notary Public, at Anthony Gold (solicitors). Phil works from two offices.

Streatham office - Tuesdays & Thursdays London Bridge office - Wednesdays

The Beehive Coffee Tavern
496 Streatham High Road,
London, SW16 3QB

By Sainsbury's supermarket.
Opposite Londis petrol station.
Next to the Bull pub.

2nd Floor (Anthony Gold solicitors) The Counting House
53 Tooley Street,
London, SE1 2QN

In the Hays Galleria building.
150m from side (Tooley St) exit from London Bridge station.
Entrance opposite Charles Tyrwhitt

 Next to Sainsbury's supermarket Beside London Bridge Station

Ring Mr Wallace direct on 07712 677475 for information or to make an appointment.






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