A Notary Public is a trustworthy representative of the state who performs a number of official fraud-deterrent acts linked to the signing of significant papers for the general public as an impartial witness. The term “notarizations” or “notarial acts” refers to these legal transactions. Notaries are appointed by the public as “ministerial” officials, which means that they are not allowed to use much personal discretion, as would be the case with “judicial” officials, and are instead required to follow written rules.
What does a Notary do?
A Notary’s responsibility is to verify the identity of signers of crucial papers, ensure that they are free from coercion or intimidation and that they are informed of the transaction’s terms before they agree to sign. In some notarizations, the Notary must also administer an oath, under penalty of perjury, declaring that the information in the document is genuine and correct. Powers of attorney, wills, and property deeds are a few examples of papers that frequently need a notary.
The basis for the public’s faith in notaries is impartiality. They have a duty to refrain from acting in circumstances where they have a personal stake. The general public has faith that the Notary’s screening responsibilities are free from bias. A Notary must always be impartial, which forbids turning away a client because of that person’s race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation, or status as a non-client.
What types of documents does a Notary certify?
Notaries Public, who serve as authorized state representatives, attest to the accuracy of a number of private persons’ life-altering papers, including:
- Loan & Mortgage documents
- Certified copies of documents
- Power of Attorney (POA)
- U.S Passports for Minors Under age 16
- Medical Authorization for Minors
- Advanced Health Directive Forms
- Deeds, Wills, & Trusts
- Designating Beneficiary(ies) for a Retirement Account & Death Benefit
- Uniform Consent to Service of Process
- Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale
- Vehicle Certificate of Ownership/Title Application
- Notice of Lien, Lien Release, or Authorization to Add/Remove Name from Title
- Applications for Admission to Practice as an Attorney
- Handgun Permits
- Promissory Note Agreements
- Bank Transfer Service Forms
- Marriage License Applications
- Temporary Guardianship Agreement
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