So, What is a Notary Public?

If you’ve never used a Notary Public service before, or even if you have, it can be difficult to understand what exactly a notary is and why they are necessary. When creating a legal document you will need to get it notarised or signed by a notary public, and until you know exactly what that means, this step can seem confusing and unnecessary.



Simply put, a notary is a public officer who serves the public in non-contentious matters and authenticates legal documents. No-contentious matters usually concern deeds, estates, powers of attorney and foreign or international business. A notary public is empowered by law and custom to undertake the duties of a notary and all notarial acts are recognised internationally.

What Does a Notray Do?

The main purpose of a notary public is to prevent fraud by witnessing the signing of documents and verifying their authority. The functions of a notary include:
- Administering oaths and affirmations
- Taking affidavits and statutory declarations
- Executing deeds, contracts and other written documents
- Provide notice of foreign drafts
- Authenticating documents
- Drawing up powers of attorney and other legal documents



When Would I Need to Use a Notary Sevice?

There are many times or situations in which you will require the services of a notary public. Te most likely of the situations is if you need to send papers or documents abroad to foreign jurisdictions. You may require a notary in relation to:
- International contracts
- Affidavits for use in foreign courts
- Foreign adoption papers
- Copies of State documents for use abroad
- Powers of attorney



Hugh McGroddy Notary

At Hugh McGroddy we offer our clients a professional notary service. For more information on this service visit our Notary Page. If you are in need of an experienced notary then get in touch with our team today on 01 4404890.
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