How I charge. What I charge
How do I charge?
The amount I charge depends on how long it takes to deal with your matter. My normal hourly rate is £210.
Do I charge VAT?
I do not charge VAT (as I am not registered for VAT).
Do I have a minimum/fixed charge?
I do have a minimum charge. It is normally £75 (but for the very simplest piece of notary work, £60, see immediately below). I do not normally offer fixed quotations, but please see the next two headings
How much does it cost to notarise a document?
It is easy to say that it not possible to let you know how much I will charge until I have finished. But this does not help you to know what you are likely to have to pay. I do deal with same type of situations and documents repeatedly, and the following are some ‘rough and ready’ figures:
- the simplest matter is unlikely to cost less than £75. However, if I am certifying a single document them charge is likely to be £60 (this is not a charge per a copy, see below)
- an average simple matter normally takes about 20 minutes to 30 minutes (£70-£105)
- the average power of attorney normally takes 25–30 minutes (£87–105) (ie one that requires no amendment (other than minimal changes), discussion or interchanges with a client’s lawyer or others)
- arranging for a document or documents to receive apostilles or be legalised See below
Can you provide an estimate or quotation?
I do provide estimates (and, in appropriate cases, a fixed price). But normally only after seeing any documents you have as well as any instructions you are provided with.
Over the telephone I can normally only provide a very rough guide as to what I will charge. At an appointment and when I see what needs to do exceeds what I stated I will inform you before I start work.
Do you charge per a document or per a page notarised or per a seal?
I do not charge per a document or page notarised. The length of a document or the number of times I need to put my signature and seal on a document or a number of documents is not normally related to the length of time it takes to notarise.
Also dealing with several documents at the same time does not mean the above times / rates are multiplied. For example, if you require two copies of your passport certified, it only takes a few minutes extra for me to certify two copies rather than one. Where you have two different documents that need notarisation, it is not quite as quick to produce two copies of a passport, but it quicker dealing with two documents together than if they are dealt with separately.
Factors which are likely to increase the amount you will have to pay
The following are the common things which often result having to charge more the amounts mentioned above:
- a document you are to sign requires you to add information, but you have not done so before coming to see me (or you wish me to help you complete/add the required information)
- a document needs amending that you are to sign, but you have not done so before coming to see me (and you wish me make the amendments, or you wish to discuss the proposed amendment with me before making the amendments or you wish to make the amendments during the appointment)
- you wish to discuss the contents of the document with me
- you have not read the document before you come to see me and need time to read through it
- where the instructions that come with the document are unclear and/or where the person providing the instructions is unable to clarify the instructions or deal with any queries quickly
Arranging for a document to receive an apostille or be legalised
If you wish to arrange for a document or documents(s) to receive (an) apostille(s) or legalisation I charge as follows:
- If you wish to me to do so at the same time I carry out other notarial work then I charge of £21
- If you wish to do so but I am not carrying out any other notarial work for you, then I charge £42.
These are not charges per a document but a fixed rate (unless there are many documents all going to different places, when I may need to charge more). The charges made by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, embassies and consulates, my legalisation agent etc are in addition.
When do you need to make payment?
I expect payment when I have finished my work.
Where the amounts I have to pay to other persons are large (such as legalisation fees, courier costs or cost of translation) then I may ask for payment for these in advance. For example, some countries’ legalisation fees are high (such as for the UAE embassy, where for documents they deem ‘commercial’, the charge is £500 per a document) or a long document may need translation which can cost several hundred pounds.
I normally charge for the time I spent in providing notarial services, including for the following matters:
This will include such matters:
- making the appointment;
- travelling to and from you (where applicable and in accordance with my policy as stated on my website);
- waiting time;
- identifying you;
- discussing matters with you;
- the time taken in preparing emails/letters, dealing with emails, letters etc whether I send or receive them;
- telephone calls;
- checking and dealing with documents you provide;
- amending documents and/or completing any blanks in documents that you provide;
- considering and dealing with any instructions that come with documents you provide;
- drafting documents which are required which
- result from the documents and/or instructions you provide; or
- become necessary from meeting you or from discussions with third parties;
- copying documents you provide as well as making copies of notarised documents;
- preparing notarial certificates, binding documents securely and sealing documents; and
- dealing with any specified requirements or formalities of a country;
- arranging for a third party to provide their services (such as legalisation, couriering etc).
How can payment be made?
I accept by the following methods: by cheque, in cash or by bank-to-bank transfer.
At present I do not accept payment by debit or credit card. I plan to accept payment by credit and debit cards during the first 3 months of 2018.
Last updated: 02 January 2018