What is a Notary Public?

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A notary public is usually a solicitor or a qualified lawyer makes up the 3rd branch of the legalisation.
They usually concerned with powers of attorney, document legalisation, apostille, estates, deeds, foreign and international business. They are also authorised to conduct general legal practice.

A notary public watches you sign the document, checks your identification, and then signs and stamps the document with an official seal with showing they have witnessed your signature and verified your identification.

In England and Wales there are two main classes of notaries which are general notaries and scrivener notaries.
Their functions are almost identical. All notaries, like solicitors, barristers, legal executives, costs lawyers and licensed conveyancers, are also commissioners for oaths.

Most notaries are primarily concerned with the authentication and certification of signatures and documents for use abroad.

In general, a notary is tasked with authenticating and certificating signatures and documents for use overseas.
Besides that they are authorised to conduct general legal practice and exercise the powers of a Commissioner for Oaths.
The functions of a Notary Public are:

  • oaths and affirmations,
  • apostille stamp,
  • witnessing and authentication the execution of documents,
  • provide exemplifications and notarial copies,
  • take acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances,
  • prepare marine or ship’s protests in cases of damage,
  • provide exemplifications and notarial copies,
  • provide notice of foreign drafts.

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