What is a notarization?

A notarization is a legal process you go through to certify something, or to make a formal statement under oath or declaration.

Common types of notarizations include:

  • making statements under oath or affirmations, such as affidavits
  • making a statutory declaration
  • certifying true copies of documents
  • making travel letters for minors
  • signing land title documents
  • verifying identification

I just need something witnessed…

Sometimes people ask you to “notarize” a document which doesn’t actually require a legal function, thinking that will make it more valid, or more official.

Notaries and lawyers don’t just witness documents – they perform legal functions.

Witnesses generally simply watch you sign a document. Notaries and lawyers don’t generally act as witnesses, or sign documents that don’t require a legal function.

Not every document can be notarized. If a document just requires you to sign it in front of a witness, then you shouldn’t need a notary or lawyer for that.

If you just need to have a document be witnessed, you can generally ask anyone to help you with that – but check with the people who are asking you for the document first, to determine if there are any restrictions on who can act as your witness.

I think it should only take 5 minutes…

We try to be as efficient as possible with your time, and ours. Depending on what kind of notarization you need, it could take 5 minutes, or it could take an hour.

When you call for your appointment, try to give our receptionists as much information about what kind of notarization you need a hand with, so they can give you a better estimate of time, and costs.

			October 3, 2017 10:59 pm 
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