When a person living in the UK has worked some of their life in another country or has a relative who did, they may accrue a pension entitlement in that country. Most pension authorities are willing to continue to pay a pension to an overseas resident provided that the person with the entitlement to the money is shown, on an annual basis, still to be alive. As a notary public, my certificate affirming that someone is alive is acceptable to overseas pension authorities. I have can complete a form provided by the pension authority or use my own template to verify the fact of life. When doing so, I need to meet you (or the person having the pension entitlement) and ask that you bring proof of your identity to the meeting, in the form of your passport and proof of current address.
Malcolm rang me on a Friday afternoon, keen to progress his documents as soon as possible. His father was Swedish and had recently died, resulting in a pension entitlement needing to be dealt with. Malcolm had received a form prepared by the Swedish pension authorities, which required the form to be signed in the presence of a notary as a means of creating a “certificate of life”, confirming Malcom to be alive and well. In addition, that document was required to be accompanied by a certified true copy of his passport. Malcolm said that he did not have a means to scan his document or print it at home but I said that was fine because I could do that for him. I arranged for Malcolm to visit me on the Saturday morning and we prepared his certificate of life and a certificate of his passport, ready for him to return to the pension authority in Sweden.
The main thing I need to see is you, and for you to be talking to me! Apart from that, I will need a copy of your passport and proof of your address. If the receiving authority has sent you other specific requirements, we need to look at those carefully to ensure we follow the steps you have been asked to follow.
If you can send me a scan of the documents I mentioned above before we meet, I will have a certificate ready for when you arrive and our meeting will not take long. Usually, I will wish to receive your documents at least a day ahead to allow me time to create your certificate of life.
Possibly and provided that there are no contrary instructions from your receiving authority. In order to achieve a remote notarisation, I will need to ask you to complete a remove ID check using a third party platform. That will require you have access to a computer or a phone with a camera and a facility to upload a document to the third party provider's website.
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