What Does a Notary Do?


What does a notary do? First off, a notary is a public officer who serves the public by overseeing transactions and legal documents in the name of the law. When they oversee transactions and other matters, they are overseeing notarizations. In this video, you will learn about the different types of notarizations.


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The first type of notarization is an acknowledgement. The notary’s job is to ensure that the signer is who they claim to be. This is often used when people sign for a loan, deed, or house. Generally, the signer signs this document in front of the notary.

The next type of notarization is the jurat. This essentially means that the person signing the document swears that the contents are all correct. This notarization often occurs for legal documents such as depositions and affidavits. The person must sign such a document and take an oath or affirmation.

An oath or affirmation is used to compel a person to tell the truth under the threat of legal repercussions. It is normally a pledge under their honor and to a higher power such as God.

Lastly, signature witnessing involves the signer certifying their identity and signature. This must be done in the presence of the notary. There are also other notarizations such as copy certifications.

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