An affidavit is a written document containing statements of truth. Usually, affidavits are used as evidence in court proceedings. This means if you have to write an affidavit, you might have to follow certain requirements such as the form and format of your document (ie, on court-approved documents). There are various obligations that arise from using affidavits in court and the court can impose penalties for making false statements.
You should always consult your lawyer before trying to write an affidavit for court proceedings because there are laws that determine what’s admissible as evidence and what isn’t. Sometimes the difference isn’t just what you write, but also how you write it.
How can we help with affidavits?
Primarily, we can help with affidavits as an approved witness. This means if you need to declare and sign your affidavit , we can be your witness. As a notary public, we can take your declaration and witness your signature regardless of whether you’re using your affidavit for a state purpose, a federal purpose or an international purpose. We’ll also notarise your document.
Australian notary public services for public documents and private documents
If your documents are public documents (ie, original government documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates etc), then those documents can be stamped with an apostille or authenticated without notarisation. Otherwise, if you want to retain your original public document and you only want to send a certified copy to the intended destination country, then the certified copy of that public document must also be notarised by a notary public before it can be stamped with an apostille or authenticated for legalisation purposes.
If your documents are private documents (ie, non-government documents such as medical reports, education documents or qualifications, business or commercial documents etc), then those documents must be notarised by a notary public before they can be stamped with an apostille or authenticated. In some cases, we must also verify the authenticity of the document with whoever issued it before we can notarise that document. For example, education documents or qualifications must be verified with the relevant school, college or university before they can be notarised and before DFAT will accept them for the purpose of stamping them with an apostille or authenticated for legalisation purposes.
Who can witness my signature or certify my documents?
Do you have any questions?
Sending documents from Australia to other countries can be complicated. We make it simple.
If your documents must be stamped with an apostille or authenticated and then legalised, we can help with that too. We’ve also created a flowchart to explain the process.
So, what’s next?
Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?
We’re a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. We’re known for:
- Our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries;
- Our low-cost fixed fees and service offerings; and
- Our availability to help on short notice.
Our office is conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area. We help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.
This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney and beyond.
Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to countries all over the world.