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 Public. Read below for more about what a Notary is and what a Notary does.

What is a Notary?

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, a Notary Public is "an official who has the legal authority to say that documents are correctly signed or true or to make an oath (=promise) official." Encyclopedia Britannica defines a "notary, also called notary public" as a "public official whose chief function in common-law countries is to authenticate contracts, deeds, and other documents by an appropriate certificate with a notarial seal." In broad terms, a Notary...