Woman at a notary signing a document

There exists a lot of divisions in the law sector. For some of us, it’s nearly impossible to know all the sectors. You may have heard of a notary – but, what is it exactly? You may find yourself asking whether you need a Notary Public.

According to Merriam-Webster, a notary public is a public officer who attests or certifies writings (such as a deed) to make them authentic and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable paper.

A notary is regarded as a very essential position because of the principled nature of its services.

Notarial deeds are documents that need to be drafted and thereafter signed by the Notary. Some of these documents include: deeds of cession of usufruct, deeds of servitude, notarial leases, trust deeds of donation, ante- and postnuptial contracts and notarial bonds. The documents are kept safely by the Notary Public until such a time they are required.

Notaries can also notarise the following documents aside from the ones mentioned above:

  • Death Certificates
  • Copies of Identity Documents
  • Educational Qualification Documents
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Police Clearance Certificates
  • Birth Certificates
  • Single Status Certificates or Letters of No Impediment
  • Divorce Certificates and Decrees of Divorce

In addition to this, notaries legalise documents which include attestation, apostille, authentication and notarisation of a document for use in foreign countries.

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