A notary public is someone who has been appointed by the state to authenticate legal documents and verify the identity of the document’s signer(s). Notaries can be individuals such as lawyers or government officials.
Notarisation (the process of getting your document signed by a notary public) helps prevent fraud by ensuring individuals authenticate their documents before they can be used. It can also help confirm that the signer intended to sign the document and wasn’t pressured into doing so (e.g. through undue influence, coercion or duress, etc.), similar to signing your document in front of a witness.
Notary publics can also do a number of other tasks, such as:
1. Confirm the identities of the participating parties
2. Witness signatures between them
3. Sign off on the validity of the agreement
For some documents, Notarisation is the first step, in which a notary will certify the document in a certain way, depending what is required. They may, for example, certify a person’s signature on the document to prove that the person signing is the person named in the document.
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