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WELCOME TO THE LAW FIRM OF KEVIN MICHAEL BURKE, ATTORNEY & NOTARY!

 

Overview of this firm and our UK and USA legal and notarial Services

​​I am Kevin Michael Burke, the owner of this firm.  I practise both USA and UK law. I first became a lawyer in the state of Ohio in 1992 and then in Florida in 1994.   In 1999, I became a solicitor in England & Wales .   In 2004, I returned to the USA to become one of the few Florida international notaries (also known as a "Florida civil law notaries").  In 2008, I became an English notary public, which is nothing like the standard USA notary public.  In the United Kingdom, a Notary is a qualified lawyer – and a member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom. A UK notary public is appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and is subject to regulation by the Court of Faculties. 

In 2010, I decided to no longer practice as a UK solicitor but I continued to practice English law through my capacity as an English Notary Public (2008 to date), and as a full member of STEP and will-writer (2010 to 2021).  We are a law firm offering a wide range of services from a small village in North Somerset called Wrington.  Our services include specialist US & UK legal services, US & UK notarial services, and ITIN services. ​​Further to our legal services, we focus generally on US national and state matters and UK (England & Wales) related matters.  

Perhaps you are not familiar with the services provided by notaries?  Basically, a notary (sometimes called a notary or a public notary) is an individual authorised by a national, state, or local government to officially witness signatures on legal, personal, and/or business-related documents.  Notaries of course administer oaths or affirmations for sworn statements (affidavits and statutory declarations), or to certify copies of documents. These all usually related to the probate of estates, execution of deeds, execution of powers-of-attorney, confirmation of the issuance to students of university degrees, and other foreign and international matters. Less commonly, notary work may relate to protesting notes and bills of exchange, providing notice of foreign drafts, preparing marine protests in cases of damage, providing exemplifications and notarial copies, and performing certain other official acts.  

A notary will often have a number of stamps, embossing tools, cardboard corners, ribbon, etc., some or all of which may be needed to be used to satisfy parties receiving such documents abroad.  In some cases, such documents may be provided with a translation of the relevant documents to English - in which case the notary may require confirmation of a valid translation of the documents.  Any such act is commonly known as a notarisation. 

In the notarisation of documents we can offer notarisation as either (1), an English notary public, or (2), as a Florida civil law notary.

 

In notarisation matters, we offer notarisation as either an English notary public or as a Florida civil law notary.  What is a notary?  Basically, a notary (sometimes called a notary or a public notary) is an individual authorised by a national, state, or local government to officially witness signatures on legal, personal, and/or business-related documents.  Notaries of course administer oaths or affirmations for sworn statements (affidavits and statutory declarations), or to certify copies of documents.  These all usually related to the probate of estates, execution of deeds, execution of powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business. Less commonly notary work may relate to protesting notes and bills of exchange, providing notice of foreign drafts, preparing marine protests in cases of damage, providing exemplifications and notarial copies, and performing certain other official acts.  A notary uses an embossing tool to verify his or her presence at the time the documents were signed.  Any such act is commonly known as a notarisation.

The rules which affect Notaries are very similar to the rules which affect Solicitors.  They must be fully insured and maintain fidelity cover for the protection of their clients and the public.  They must keep clients’ money separately from their own and comply with stringent practice rules and with rules relating to conduct and discipline.  Notaries have to renew their practising certificates every year and can only do so if they have complied with the rules.  Besides the notarisation of documents, authentication, and provision of a secure record for almost any sort of transaction, document, or event, an English Notary Public can do any form of legal work except for taking cases to the English courts.

Kevin takes on cases from clients from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe, and elsewhere.  Where appropriate, Kevin associates with the most qualified local lawyers to serve as local counsel or to provide a particular area of substantive expertise as part of a team when necessary.  Kevin represents American clients in matters dealing with English law.  Kevin works closely with corporate and individual clients to understand and resolve their issues, taking the time to listen to and understand each client's unique situation, and seeks to explain the available options in clear plain English.  Kevin looks forward to the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have regarding the legal services offered. 

 

As a smaller firm, this firm is able to offer each client personal attention throughout each phase of the legal process and treat clients with integrity and respect for their individual needs.

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Our Services

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Please note that our services provided as an English notary public are very different from the service we provide as a commissioner of oaths in England & Wales.


Generally, the amount of work performed in acting as a commissioner of oaths in England & Wales in taking an oath is far less complex and time-consuming than is the case where a notarisation is required.


Please note that where you need documents to be recognised and effective abroad, then it is a notarisation which is to be performed.  Please note that If you need to send a document to be notarised in Australia or New Zealand or elsewhere in the Commonwealth, please note that the certification of a commissioner for oaths is generally not the equivalent of a notarised document and will likely be rejected in the United Kingdom. 

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Our US federal legal services we

can provide nationally​:

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Save for the US federal legal services identified above, a US lawyer can only provide legal assistance to others in accordance with the law of the state or states where he or she is licensed. 

 

Kevin Michael Burke is a qualified lawyer in the states of Florida and Ohio.  

If you need legal assistance for matters involving the law of US states other than Florida or Ohio, we cannot assist you and you will need to search online for a lawyer referral service in that US state to find a lawyer. 

 

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Our US state legal services we can provide in Florida and Ohio matters:

      

Florida legal services:

   

OHIO legal services:

       Ohio legal opinions