A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or witness most documents. A Notary can also arrange legalisation, if needed. You will usually require the services of a Notary Public when you have documents which are needed for use abroad. The Notary's signature and seal will verify to international authorities that relevant checks have been carried out and that the document has been properly signed.
In the United Kingdom, Notaries form a small, highly specialised branch of the legal profession, whose area of specialisation is the preparation and certification of documents so that they may be used effectively abroad.
Solicitors, on the other hand, form by far the largest part of the legal profession. They provide advice and representation to their clients on a wide variety of legal issues, usually within the legal framework of their country of residence.
One important difference between a Notary and a solicitor is that whereas a solicitor's primary duty is to his client, the Notary's primary duty is to the transaction and the authenticity of the documents. As Notaries are recognised worldwide, they have to maintain absolute integrity and impartiality to maintain the standing of the Notarial profession.
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