The office of notary is an unique public office of trust and fidelity, which is given recognition throughout the world. Every Australian notary is a senior lawyer of high integrity and probity, with extensive legal skill and knowledge. These qualities are essential to every notarial intervention. Notarial fees reflect this.
Notarial fees are not specifically regulated in South Australia. Notaries in this State therefore fix their own fees. Nevertheless, notaries must observe the rules governing lawyers' fees. Fee arrangements must be fair and reasonable in the circumstances of each case.
My fees will generally be charged in accordance with my scale of notarial fees. However, I reserve the right to charge on a different basis, according to the nature, difficulty or complexity of the matter.
It will not always be possible to provide a prior estimate of my fees, but, if provided, any such estimate will not be a binding quotation and will be subject to my assessment of the documents and the work required, once I have all relevant information. The final cost will be determined by the work actually performed.
All fees and disbursements (sums paid by me on your behalf, such as search fees or authentication fees) are formally invoiced and receipted. Payment must be made before documents will be released. I accept payment by -
electronic funds transfer and production of satisfactory electronic proof of transfer of funds to my bank account.