A notary public is a public official licensed by the government to help deter fraud. Notaries Public witness the signing of important documents and verify the identity of the signer(s), their willingness to sign the documents, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction.

A notary is a publicly commissioned official who serves as an impartial witness to the signing of a legal document. Document signings where the services of a notary are likely include real estate deeds, affidavits, wills, trusts and powers of attorney. The main reason a notary is used is to deter fraud.

These documents include:

  • Estates
  • Deeds
  • Powers of attorney
  • Affidavits
  • Licenses
  • Contracts
  • Loan documents
  • Trusts

What Does a Notary Public Do?

Administering oaths and affirmations; Notaries Public offer a legal service that impacts numerous institutions. Their responsibilities include:

  • Taking affidavits and statutory declarations;
  • Taking acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances;
  • Protesting notes and bills of exchange; and
  • Providing notice of foreign drafts.