NO. Unlike services from a justice of the peace, services from a notary public are generally NOT free. In Australia, a notary public is also a lawyer and so the fees charged by notary publics and lawyers depend on the specific notary, lawyer or firm.
In NSW, the State Government issues recommended notary fees which are increased from time to time. A copy of the recommended notary fees are available from the Society of Notaries of New South Wales, see https://notarynsw.org.au/recommended-fees/.
Please be aware that notaries are not required to follow the recommended notary fees, and the actual fees charged for notary public services may vary greatly between different notaries and different firms but they are generally NOT free. It is possible that other notaries may even charge more – we do not.
Not free, but our notary fees are generally lower than the recommended notary fees
If you want to know more about our notary fees, please contact us for a quote by visiting our Notary Fees page or calling us on 02 9687 8885. Speak to our friendly lawyers and notary public about our notary public services and our notary fees or visit our other frequently asked questions:
- Are notary public services free?
- Is there a recommended notary fee?
- Are you the cheapest?
- Why do other notaries charge so much more?
- Do you charge an hourly rate or a fixed price for notary services?
- Do you offer any discounts?
- How do I get a quote for your notary services?
- How much does the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade charge?
- I want you to come to my office. Do you charge for travelling?
- What other fees may apply?
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Whether you’re notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting – or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don’t worry! We’re here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.
Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We’ve also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.
So, what’s next?
Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?
We’re a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices 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.
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 other countries.