Notary Public Services – Life Certificates for Eastern Europe

Notary public witnessing potvrda o životu or life certificates

European-UnionIf you are relying on a regular pension from a foreign country, the likelihood is that you will be required to prove that you are still alive on a regular basis before they will process and pay that pension. In our experience, we find that this is very common especially with countries in Eastern Europe and the Balkan states – and in all cases, the process that is commonly adopted involves completing a ‘life certificate’ also referred to as potvrda o životu and having it witnessed by a notary.

“Potvrda o životu je akt kojim korisnik prava iz penzijskog i invalidskog osiguranja (penzija, renta, novčana naknada itd.) nosiocu osiguranja – isplatiocu davanja, dokazuje da je živ i da i dalje postoji pravni osnov za isplatu tog davanja.”

Even if your life certificate is not written in the English language (and they rarely are because of the language of the intended destination countries), we notarise the certificate by verifying your identity and witnessing your signature. Each country has a different form and different procedural requirement, but between them all the same applies – if you wish to receive the pension, you must confirm that you are alive and you do that by identifying yourself to us in our capacity as your notary. Remember to bring your photographic identification (ie, passport, drivers licence etc) with you to your appointment so that we can complete and notarise the potvrda o životu or life certificate properly.

You may also need to check whether you must obtain an apostille for the life certificate after it has been notarised. Many countries around Eastern Europe and the Balkan states as signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents and therefore will recognise an apostille.

Our notary services provide regular assistance to many senior citizens, now residing in Australia, but entitled to receive a pension from other countries where they previously lived and worked. Fortunately, our office has a ground floor entry and easily accessible, especially to those clients who have mobility issues. It pleases us to see these regular and valued clients return time and time again and assist them with their life certificates.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public

Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.

Posted: 2011-12-13 09:00:52 / Last edited: 2013-11-17 16:18:13