When to use a Notary Public

Using a notary public can help lower business risks, helps prevent fraud, and is legally required by the Register of Deeds to record certain documents. Various governmental agencies and the court system also require notarizations.

The official signature and/or embossing stamp automatically makes a document ‘true and legal.’ A notary public cannot give legal advice to anyone, only a licensed attorney.

A notary witnesses the signing of the documents and asks each party for a sworn oath of authenticity. The document could still be declared fraudulent or unenforceable later in court proceedings. A notary public can only attest to the signatories’ identities and their authenticity affirmations at the time of notarization.

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