Benaters | Boutique Law Firm in Johannesburg

Notarial Work

Legalisation. Simply.


We are specialists in the field of Notarial Work

A Notary Public is a practicing attorney with an additional qualification and given statutory powers to witness documents, administer oaths, and perform other wide-ranging administrative functions of a national and international nature.

This is the procedure to be followed when documents are signed (executed) within South Africa and are then going to be used outside of South Africa.

These types of documents typically need to be authenticated. Notaries are authorised to perform this function. A notary can authenticate the documents, and provide a certificate and seal to evidence that the service was performed.

Different procedures are followed after the Notary has issued the certificate, depending on the type of document that is being authenticated and the country which it is going to.
Can a Commissioner of Oaths witness my signature or certify my document for use overseas?
The simple answer is no.  Documents that are going to be used for overseas purposes, be it for an individual or company, can only be signed before a notary public.


Different procedures are followed after a Notary has issued a certificate, depending on the type of document that is being authenticated and where it is going to be used.

If the country in which the document will be used is a signatory to the “convention de la Haye on 5 October 1961″, the process is simpler, and faster, as that country has agreed to adopt a shortened process. In this instance an Apostille Certificate will also be required.

An Apostille Certificate is an official government Certificate that authenticates the seal and or signature of the public official or authority such as a notary or registrar issuing the document. 

An issued Apostille Certificate confirms that the person signing, sealing or stamping a public document has lawful authority to do so, and the apostilled document automatically becomes a legal document in countries which are members of the Hague Convention. It does not authenticate or confirm the contents of a document.  If you have any doubts, you should ask the intended recipient of your document whether an Apostille is necessary in your particular case.  

Should your document require a Notarial Certificate and Apostille, we can complete this process for you within 3 working days.


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