What is a Notary and What do Notaries Do?

Do you need a notary? What can a notary do for you? If you’re looking for an official witness for a variety of documents that require such a service, you may need a notary. Here’s more about what a notary is and what a notary does. The National Notary Association notes:  A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant...