What is a Notary and What Do They Do?

stamp-1415731_1280    Many people are unclear about the functions and responsibilities of a notary. Notaries public are officers of the law that can verify and authenticate documents using genuine signatures, seals, and stamps. Their duties include witnessing the power of attorney agreements, confirming passport copies, signing or swearing on an affidavit, and countless other functions. A notary must personally appear in front of signers to verify their documents and then seal the agreement with an individual stamp.

Obtaining notary services requires a person to book time far in advance, secure valid identification, checking if an apostille is required, collecting copies of relevant documents, and translating anything related to the agreement. Notaries are extremely helpful in determining the validity of documents and helping people avoid red tape when they make applications.