What is a Notary and When Do I Need One?

A Notary Public is a state-appointed official who has been authorized to notarize documents. This means they must be present to verify the identity of the parties involved in a contract by checking identification and also to ensure that the signatories understand the document and its contents. Important agreements often need to be notarized. But what does that mean, and how can you get your documents notarized?

Many documents require notarization, and some are highly encouraged. Here are the most common documents that get notarized:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Power of Attorney
  • Property Deeds
  • Prenuptial Agreement
  • Contracts
  • Affidavits

Other situations that may require a notary:

  • Conveyancing documents in land and property transactions
  • Personal documents and information for immigration control
  • Personal documents and information for overseas marriage
  • Authenticating company and business documents and transactions (e.g. shipping documents)

A notary ensures that all signatures on a document are legitimate. They do so by verifying the following:

  • Identity: A notary requires identification from anybody signing a document, and will record details about the identification documents used by each individual.
  • The willingness of the Signer: Notaries look for signs of coercion. Even if you don’t like what’s in a document, are you signing on your own free will, or is somebody forcing you to sign?
  • The signer is capable of sound decisions: A notary wants to make sure that signers are in a condition where they can truly understand what they’re signing. If an individual is intoxicated, medicated, or unable to understand what’s happening for any reason, the notary cannot notarize the document.

If you’re in need of a notary, look no further than Parish Notary. We are a bonded, experienced and reliable Traveling Notary Company Serving the Greater New Orleans Area since 2017. Parish Notary is happy to meet you anywhere that is convenient for you. Contact us today!

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