In most countries, Notary Public is a public officer licensed by the state to provide authentication of legal documents, affidavits, signatures, or a statement of the person under oath. Notary services are very important as they help create a guarantee on the authenticity of the document. However, in Thailand, there is no Notary Public. Instead, the Lawyers Council of Thailand provides attorneys the role called Notarial Services Attorney which allows them to perform the said services and is regulated by the Lawyers Act B.E. 2528.
Why Notarization is needed
Signatures and documents of individuals are notarized in order to attest to their authenticity. This prevents fraudulent individuals from passing unauthenticated documents. Furthermore, the notary public or Thailand notary also acts as a neutral witness. He lays witness that the documents that are submitted are authentic and the individuals signing them are the same ones who are qualified to do so. Some documents cannot become enforceable nor binding until they are notarized. For such documents, notarization is mandatory.
In Thailand, notary services are often required by institutions such as:
- Foreign Embassies
- Private Organizations
- Government Offices
Services Offered by a Thailand Notary Lawyer
As mentioned above, a Thailand Lawyer is provided the role of Notarial Services Attorney so that he or she can perform the duties of a notary public. Services offered by a Thailand Notary include:
- Verification of the authenticity of signatures on legal documents
- Certification of copies of original documents
- Certification of official documents (copies) that were issued by government
- Authentication of deeds
- Verification of documents related to property and business acquisition and contract
- Authentication of signature and other identification documents such as passport
- Admiration of affirmations and oaths
- Certification of the identities of parties involved in an agreement
- Acting as witness to parties affixing their signatures on documents
- Documents That Usually Need to Be Notarized
There are various documents that need to be notarized. Some of the most common documents that require notarization include:
- Power of Attorney
- Title Deeds
- Bank Statements
- Application for Foreign Visa
The notary service fee varies depending on the type as well as the number of documents to be notarized.
The Hague Convention
Thailand is not a member of the Hague Convention on Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. So, if you are a foreigner and have acquired notarial services in Thailand, you will likely need to have your notarized documents further legalized or authenticated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Legalisation Division. In the same way for the documents that were issued abroad, will be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand before it can be used at the Thai government offices.
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