A notary public often referred to just as ‘notary’, is an individual that has been vested with the power to be an impartial witness to the signing of legal documents. These legal documents can be deeds, powers of attorney, estates, licenses and more.
Any time an individual, a group or a business needs to have their documents officiated and signed before a public official, they visit a notary public.
Who is a Notary Public?
A notary public is someone who has been publicly commissioned to verify and authenticate legal documents. To do so, specific minimum requirements need to be met. The notary must ensure that all participants are of sound mind and sign any legal documents out of their own will.
The procedure behind becoming a notary public is relatively simple. You don’t need to sit through mandated courses or get degrees in a qualifying field. Instead, you have to pass a qualifying exam and a background check. The background check ensures that you haven’t been convicted on any prior felony or misdemeanour charges. Should you have prior convictions, you may not be able to pursue a career as a notary.
A notary signing agent is slightly different from a notary public in that their roles and responsibilities are further expanded upon. To become a notary signing agent, you will need to pay a separate fee and pass a thorough background check. A notary signing agent is slightly different from a notary public. They have the training and authority to notarize loan documents.
The Jobs and Duties of a Notary Public
A notary public is tasked with either authorizing documents or verifying their authenticity. They act as impartial witnesses where documents are signed. During the signing process, the notary will be carefully observing the proceedings and the signatories. If they …