02/08/2019 0 Comments
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