Proof of Life – sounds like the title of a Thriller movie! In fact it is a Notary Thing. Louise Morley Explains …
Here at AtkinsonNotary we see many clients who have foreign pensions and have been requested by the foreign jurisdiction to produce a “proof of life” certificate duly notarised.
What this means is that the Notary is confirming that the client is still alive and is able to carry on claiming his/her pension.
The main reason for the Pension trustees to require this is that there are fraudsters in the world who could quite possibly take on the identity of a deceased person who had been collecting a pension and carry on claiming after the rightful beneficiary’s death.
This is obviously wrong but unfortunately there are fraudsters in this world! Who knew?
So the process is that a “proof of life” has to be issued – depending on the foreign jurisdiction this can be requested once every three months, once every six months or even once a year.
Don’t worry though – if you need a Proof of Life certificate then the process to see the Notary is very simple – an appointment can be made very easily and you would need to attend with identification documents. The Notary will then check your identification document and complete a certificate to warrant to the foreign jurisdiction that you are alive and still entitled to collect your pension from England.
Here is a report from 2012 which refers to English pensions fraud. –Link Here-
But a swift Google search indicates what might be a record – a Japanese lady now 86 has been claiming her parents’’ pension for the past 50 years. Wow. -Link Here-
If you are a Pensions trustee, food for thought perhaps. Use a Notary and you may not be singing this song. –Link Here –
As ever, for documents for use around the world do contact me or Chris Atkinson here at AtkinsonNotary E7 Joseph’s Well Leeds LS3 1AB, phone 0113 8160116 and email firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website http://www.atkinsonnotary.com