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Notaries play an invaluable role in legal proceedings and document certification. Qualified professionals act as official witnesses, verifying the authenticity of various documents and transactions while preventing fraud. In this article, we will discuss who notaries are, what their powers are, and what services they provide to clients. 

Notary and his powers

Essentially, a notary is an attorney appointed by government agencies to act as an official witness in various legal matters. His primary responsibilities include:

Administering oaths and affirmations: Notaries verify the testimony of witnesses who claim their words to be accurate, and the entire process is important in judicial and administrative proceedings.

Verifying signatures on documents: Notaries act as the party that verifies the identity of the signers of legal documents and their accuracy at the time of signing.

Certification or verification of documents: Notaries officially confirm the authenticity of a document and the validity of the signature on it.

Stamp of Attestation: Notaries certify documents with an official seal, effectively confirming their legal validity.

Basic services provided by a notary

Notaries offer various services, all of which contribute to the integrity of legal processes. The list of these services includes:

  • Notarized translation

A certified translation ensures the accuracy and authenticity of legal or official documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and academic transcripts. A notarized translation is necessary when documents are to be presented in a foreign country or to foreign institutions, as it provides an official seal of approval for the accuracy of the translation.

  • Notarial will

A notarized will is a binding legal document describing how a person’s assets and property should be distributed after death. Notaries help draw up wills and ensure their validity. A notarized will clarifies and validates the wishes of the deceased, helps prevent disputes between heirs, and ensures the correct distribution of property.

  • Confirmation of financial agreement

Notaries notarize financial agreements, adding a layer of legal protection to loans, contracts, and real estate transactions. Certification of financial agreements ensures that both parties know the terms and conditions imposed on them, thereby reducing the likelihood of disputes arising.

  • Affidavit

An affidavit is a notarized statement that is legally valid and intended to replace testimony given in court. The notary helps the client prepare a formal statement of any facts or circumstances under oath. An affidavit is extremely necessary in various legal proceedings.

  • Notarized certificates

Notaries can help issue various certificates, including education certificates, employment certificates, and declarations. These notarized certificates are important proof of the authenticity and veracity of facts, giving full legal effect to important personal and professional documents.

  • Signature verification

Verifying the authenticity of signatures is a critical notarial responsibility. This service is often required when signing important legal documents. Signature verification ensures the authenticity of signatures, preventing fraud or unauthorized use of personal signatures.

  • Notarized power of attorney

Notaries can help create and issue powers of attorney, which are documents that give an individual the authority to act on behalf of another person. A notarized power of attorney is a recognized document with legal force and authenticity often used in various financial and legal matters.

  • Apostille

Apostille is a public legal document confirming the authenticity of signatures and stamps on a document. This permission is required for documents intended for use in foreign countries. An Apostille extends the legal recognition of a notarized document to international jurisdictions, making it acceptable and legally binding abroad.

  • Additional notary services

In addition to the services mentioned above, notaries can offer assistance in the preparation and verification of documents and certificates, such as:

  • Marriage certificate;
  • Documents on real estate transactions;
  • Signing loans;
  • Review of business contracts;
  • Checking immigration documents;
  • Various legal documents.

 

These services are tailored to the specific needs of individuals, businesses, and institutions involved in various legal procedures.

FAQ

A notarized document is signed in the presence of a notary, who verifies the signer’s identity and guarantees the document’s validity. A certified document is a copy of an original document whose authenticity and exact copy have been verified by a notary or other authorized body.

No, notaries cannot provide legal advice or draft legal documents on behalf of clients. They act as witnesses and check signatures to ensure documents are correct.

Yes, a notary’s powers are generally limited to the jurisdiction in which he is authorized. Their powers and duties are determined by the laws and regulations of their jurisdiction, and their notarial acts cannot be valid outside that jurisdiction.

Now that you know the basics of a notary’s role in law, we invite you to take advantage of our notary services at the Cohen Brosh Law Firm. You won’t have to worry about paperwork or legal matters with us. Our experts guarantee maximum security for your documents.

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