Our Senior Partner, Bill Holohan, is a Notary Public. He was appointed in 2000, becoming the first Notary Public to be appointed for the separate cities and counties of Cork and Dublin.
A Notary Public is a public officer appointed by the Chief Justice and constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters. This usually concerns foreign or international business. The acts of Notaries Public have worldwide recognition.
The Notary Public is empowered by law to:
- Administer oaths
- Authenticate documents.
- Witness signatures.
- Take affidavits, (other than for the courts in Ireland).
- Take declarations.
- Once a document has been signed by a Notary Public, it is sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs and it stamps the document with an Apostille. The Apostille is a certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs verifying the genuineness of the signature of the Notary Public and it authenticates the notarial act.
Please contact us if you have any queries under this heading, and we will be happy to advise you.