What is a notary public and can you please explain laymen terms.?

What is a notary public and can you please explain laymen terms.? If I don't own a business and I'm just a regular individual, what use would I have for their services? What is it they do with documents?

please explain in simple lingo I can understand.

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  • 9 years ago
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    A notary is a person who verifies that the person who is signing a document is the person the document says. So if John Doe comes to sign a document, he has to show ID (or be someone known to the notary) so that the person notarizing it can verify it is that person. Otherwise, they could have someone else sign it and John Doe could say "that's not my signature, the contract is not valid".

    You don't need every contract notarized. You don't need leases notarized. However, loan documents may require it and it is required when you buy a house.

    Some other documents might require it. For example, I am looking at a job application for the federal government and they want a sworn statement to go along with it. In this case, not only does the notary verify the signature, but they make the person signing take an oath that what the document says is true. You can also have documents for court notarized, depending on the court and their rules.

    A power of attorney is another thing to have notarized. If you go out of the country for a certain period of time and need someone to handle some paperwork at home for you, you might want to give them the ability to do so. That's a power of attorney and that requires a notary.

    So they verify signers, take oaths, and keep a book of all their transactions.

    Source(s): Former notary and retired attorney.
  • 9 years ago

    A notary public is a witness to the signing of a document. Such a notarized document can be used in court to verify that the person did sign the document. If, for instance, a will is signed by the person making the will and also by the necessary number of witnesses, and all the signatures are notarized, then the will is usually considered sufficient and ready for probate. A contract with signatures of both parties being notarized will be proof that both parties did sign it. (It will not be proof that both parties understood the contract, however.) A notarized document is not legal proof of the truth of the document, just proof that the person signed it. Sometimes the document requires that the signer swears that the document is the truth; a notary can swear someone in for this purpose. The signature then is on a sworn document.

    A notary therefore needs proof that the signing person is who he says he is in order to be able to witness the signature is that of the person.

    Notaries, in general, have to pass a test and be licensed to be a noatry public. There are rules that they must follow. They are classed as public officials.

    The permitted duties of a notary public differ from state to state and country to country. A notary in some states may draw up documents, but not in other states. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notary_public

  • 9 years ago

    A Notary Public is someone who is licensed by their state to certify and verify that a signature is true and correct.

    It is common for many documents to require a notary to sign that they witnessed the signature and proof that the person claiming to be is actually that person.

    A notary keeps a book with all information on their witnessing and the type of document and how that person proved they are who they say they are.

    This reduces fraud so that someone can not forge your signature and claim you signed, such as a bill of sale.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It is a person who is a professional witness for the signing of documentation.

    If two parties need an agreement and come up with a legal document, they sign it in front of the notary public and then that notary public, puts his/her seal on the document.

    This is often used in cases of Powers of Attorney and wills. And is cheaper than a lawyer.

    For instance it you get title work done for a car or house, You sign a power of attorney giving the title company the right to sign your name to the documents when being recorded.

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  • wizjp
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    9 years ago

    Technically in most states we are an official witness to a signature. In some states (LA for example) they can draw up some legal documents)

    IF you need a contract of any kind signed, you want signatures notarized. If you are dealing with courthouse records, you probably need a notary

    Source(s): notary
  • 9 years ago

    A notary public is someone whose signature is more important than yours. And they have a stamp to prove it!

    Some people and institutions will only recognize certain documents if they are "witnessed" by a notary public.

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