A notary public (or notary or public notary) in the common law world is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business. A notary's main functions are to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate the execution of certain classes of documents.
Our Staff Accountant Matt has just received his commission to become a Notary Public in the State of California. He is able to notarize and assist on a number of documents. The notarial acts that we are commissioned and able to complete are as follows.
Public Notarial Acts
- Acknowledgements- An ackknowledgement is a notarial act in which a Notary certifies having positively identified a document signer who admitted having signed the document(GC1188 and 1193).
- Jurats- An individual attests to the truth or accuracy of the statements in the document and the signer is promising that the contents of the document are true.
- Oaths- A solemn, spoken promise to a supreme being made before a Notary in relation to a jurat or as a notarial act in its own right.
- Affirmations- A solemn, spoken promise of one's personal honor, with no reference to a supreme being, made before a Notary in relation to a jurat or as a notarial act in its own right.
- Proofs of Execution- If the document signer cannot appear before a Notary, another person may appear on the principal signer's behalf to prove that the principal signer executed the document. A subscribing witness must watch the principal signer sign the document and brings the document to a Notary for notarization at the request of the principal signer.
- Copy Certifications- A certified copy is a document that has been verified as an accurate reproduction of an original document. The certified copy itself must be a phototastic copy, not a handwritten one.