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Notaries in the Isle of Man – what do we do?

Did you know that Kinley Legal has a fully insured and established notarial practice?  

We have licensed Isle of Man notaries public who are happy to assist you with a full range of notarial certification services.  Our notaries are public officials of the Isle of Man, in addition to their legal qualifications as qualified advocates and solicitors. 

You may ask yourself, what is a notary, and when might I possibly need one?  

It’s fair to say that you won’t need a notary every day. However, we have an important role in many situations when you need to provide legal documentation outside the Isle of Man. Some examples are:  

  • you need a copy of your passport and proof of address certified, for instance if you are opening an investment account in Canada but won’t be travelling there;  
  • you need your signature certified, for instance on a letter giving consent for your child to travel on holiday to Turkey with your co-parent; 
  • you need a power of attorney, for instance to sell your property, land or car abroad, including, for instance, a timeshare in Spain;  
  • you need to authenticate documents for another country’s immigration or emigration purposes, for instance if you need to prove your qualifications prior to emigrating to New Zealand;  
  • you need an official certified translation of a foreign document into English for use in the Isle of Man; 
  • you need an official certified translation of an Isle of Man document into another language for use abroad; 
  • you need to execute a probate or administration application for an overseas estate; or 
  • you need to provide sworn evidence in relation to legal proceedings being conducted abroad. 

A Notary Public is a type of Isle of Man lawyer and public official whose primary role is to certify documents for use in other jurisdictions. This may be to verify or prove their authenticity for the purposes of foreign courts, registries, public authorities or other notaries.  

We certify notarial documents for use in all jurisdictions and do so professionally to the highest level of certification. We work with clients from all over the world and are familiarised with the notarial requirements of various countries.  

We have specific experience in preparing documents for use in post–Soviet countries, South Africa, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Canada, the United States, India, China and many other countries.  

In addition to our notarial services, we are able to provide the services of a Commissioner for Oaths. This means we can assist with the legal formalities for documents for use in domestic courts, such as making affidavits and statutory declarations. 

Our notarial and certification practice includes: 

  • officially witnessing the execution by parties in the Isle of Man of important foreign legal documents transferring property rights such as registration of trademarks and patents, bills of sale, assignments and cessions, mortgages and conveyances; 
  • verifying and certifying the identity of the Isle of Man parties to international transactions; 
  • administering oaths and statutory declarations (including oaths to affidavits providing evidence for foreign court proceedings); 
  • preparing and witnessing notarised powers of attorney and other specialised legal documentation, often in bilingual form; 
  • officially certifying translations between English and any other language; 
  • noting or protesting foreign negotiable instruments such as cheques, bills of exchange and promissory notes; 
  • producing notarial acts in public form, where required for the purposes of civil law jurisdictions; and 
  • working with foreign notaries, property and probate lawyers, accountants and tax advisers in relation to the winding up of foreign estates. 

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:  

I need a notary. How can I book an appointment?  

We run notarial clinics, usually twice a week – this is the time when you can visit our office without having to book an appointment and will be guaranteed to see a notary. Our reduced notarial rate applies, which is 50% of our normal rate.  

Simply send an e-mail to notarial@kinleylegal.com or call 640366 to ensure a place at one of our notarial clinics. It is also helpful for our notaries to see your notarial requirements in advance, to ensure we can notaries the documents on the day you visit.  

The next notarial clinics are 26 July 2022 from 15.30 to 16.30; 28 July 2022 from 12.00 to 13.00; 2 August from 16.00 to 17.00; 4 August from 12.00 to 13.00;  8 August from 16.00 to 17.00; 11 August from 16.00 to 17.00; 16 August from 16.00 to 17.00; 18 August from 12.00 to 13.00.  

We will publish future dates on our social media. 

I need an urgent notarial appointment. Can this be arranged?  

Please send an e-mail to  notarial@kinleylegal.com or call 640366 to book an urgent appointment. Please note our full fee rate is chargeable for urgent appointments outside our clinic hours.  

I need a notary but I cannot travel. Can you visit me? 

Absolutely, we can arrange a visit to anywhere in the Isle of Man. We can travel to your home or office address, or any destination of your choosing. We do charge an additional call out fee and will advise on the cost during our e-mail response. 

I need an apostile/legalisation – will you be able to arrange this for me? 

Yes, we can either arrange an apostile for you or explain how to obtain one if you wish to do it yourself.  

Can one of your lawyers certify my document as a lawyer, not as a notary?  

Yes, we offer this service at a reduced rate, with a minimum fee based upon five documents being certified or witnessed at the same time.