Public Notary

Did you know that of the 7,500 lawyers in Western Australia, only 0.6% have been admitted as a Public Notary?

On 2 July 2013, the Supreme Court of Western Australia admitted D’Angelo Legal Practitioner Director, Paul D’Angelo, to join the select group of lawyers who are also Public Notaries.

Our Paul D’Angelo is honoured and proud to be a Notary Public.

Notary Public, Public Notary, or Notary, is simply put a public officer. In Western Australia they are usually a Practising Solicitor appointed for life by a Western Australian Supreme Court, and given statutory powers to witness documents, administer oaths, and perform other wide-ranging administrative functions of a national and international nature.

As a Notary Public, our Paul D’Angelo, not only takes oaths, signs and witnesses documents for use within Australia, but also performs similar functions in respect of international documents for use outside Australia.

Unlike a Justices of the Peace (JPs) in Australia who are not permitted to witness documents for use in foreign countries, as a Public Notary, Paul D’Angelo is able to do this. Like all Notary Publics this exclusive right essentially make them true international “JP’s” in Australia.

Our Paul D’Angelo affix’s his official seal (usually impressed onto a red sticker) and stamp, onto documents immediately under, adjacent or as near as possible to their signatures.

Paul D’Angelo’s seal and signature is officially recorded in a data base held by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), an Australian government department authorised to issue Apostille or Authentication Certificates certifying that his signature, seal and stamp as a Notary on Australian public documents are genuine.

Our Paul D’Angelo also has his signature, seal and stamp registered with the Western Australian Supreme Court to whom they are answerable to, and with Western Australia’s local Notary Society.


What does a Notary Public actually do?

A Notary Public principally:

  • Attests documents and certifies their due execution for use in Australia and overseas countries;
  • Certifies powers of attorney, wills, deeds, contracts and other legal documents, for use in Australia and overseas countries;
  • Administers oaths for Australian and international documents;
  • Witnesses signatures to affidavits, statutory declarations, powers of attorney, contracts, and other documents, for use in Australia and overseas countries;
  • Verifies documents for use in Australia and overseas countries;
  • Certifies copy of documents for use in Australia and overseas countries; and
  • Exemplifies official documents for use internationally.