A Notary is a qualified lawyer who mainly deals with completing and making official documents acceptable for the country in which they are to be used. Most notaries carry out work for businesses that trade internationally or for private individuals who have dealings overseas. A document that has been attested by a notary will be accepted as genuine by the judicial or public authorities in any country. Every country in the world has the office of notary, which is why the signature and seal of a notary in one country are accepted in any other country.
Some of the most common roles a notary might fulfil include:
- preparing and witnessing powers of attorney for use overseas
- dealing with the buying or selling of land and property abroad
- providing documents that are needed to deal with the administration of the estates of people who are abroad or own property abroad
- authenticating personal documents for immigration or emigration, applications to marry and applications to work abroad
- authenticating company and business documents and transactions.
In addition to all these services, most notaries can also provide authentication and secure records for almost any kind of transaction, document or event. As a qualified lawyer, a notary can also carry out any other kind of legal work, except for taking cases to court. For many solicitors, being a notary public is just one aspect of their work, and they also carry out general legal work as solicitors.