Why the Notary
Why The Notary
Documents are notarized to deter fraud and to ensure proper execution. It is the responsibility of the notary public to ensure that the signers have appeared before them and have produced proper identification. The Notary Public officiates at the signing and ensures that the documents are signed correctly. The notary makes sure that the signers are entering into agreements knowingly and willingly.
For a document to be notarized, it must contain the following elements:
When witnessing a signature on a document the following applies:
Verbally administering an oath when performing a verification (Jurat) do the following:
Notarization has a legal impact on the contract as it converts a private document to a public instrument. Agreements on the contract are enforceable once the document is notarized because it is a strong proof of the document’s authenticity. However, basic requirements must also be observed in notarizing documents. The document is also rendered admissible in court as tangible evidence once it is notarized. Notarization also prevents fraud among legal documents and contracts. The documents that often require notarization are Power of Attorney, medical documents, sworn statements, affidavits, deeds, wills and trusts.