What is Notary Public?

A Notary Public is a senior solicitor who has been appointed to that post by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.  The principal function of a Notary Public is to facilitate the transaction of business in foreign countries by citizens of this country and usually consists of the following notarial acts:-

  • Certifying copy documents; or

  • Seeing to the signing of documents and certifying that the persons signing them are who they say they are.

This could include matters to do with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business.

From time to time clients may require the services of a Notary Public.  This is particularly relevant if they have purchased properties abroad.  Foreign and Commonwealth countries will not accept documentation being witnessed by a local solicitor.  They require the documents to be witnessed in the presence of a Notary Public.


This firm has provided the service of a Notary from in/around 1923.  Jacqueline G. S. Russell is our Notary and was appointed on 28th February of 2013 by the Lord Chief Justice for Northern Ireland, the Right Honourable Sir Declan Morgan.  She is qualified to notarise all foreign documentation as is required of a Notary Public in Northern Ireland.

As this is a highly prestigious position with only a few appointed across all of Northern Ireland our firm is pleased to be able to say we have held this service for in/around 94 years and offer a top class, well exercised service. 


We offer legal services in all aspects of law:

James L Russell & Son in Ballymena is your ideal choice for expert legal advice on various matters pertaining to probate and estate administration law.

We can arrange consultations outside normal working hours.

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