A notary public or notary or public notary of the common law is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business. A notary's main functions are to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations , witness and authenticate the execution of certain classes of documents, take acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances, protest notes and bills of exchange, provide notice of foreign drafts, prepare marine or ship's protests in cases of damage, provide exemplifications and notarial copies, and perform certain other official acts depending on the jurisdiction. The term notary public only refers to common-law notaries and should not be confused with civil-law notaries. With the exceptions of Louisiana , Puerto Rico , Quebec whose private law is based on civil law , and British Columbia whose notarial tradition stems from scrivener notary practice , a notary public in the rest of the United States and most of Canada has powers that are far more limited than those of civil-law or other common-law notaries, both of whom are qualified lawyers admitted to the bar: such notaries may be referred to as notaries-at-law or lawyer notaries. Therefore, at common law, notarial service is distinctly different from the practice of law , and giving legal advice and preparing legal instruments is forbidden to lay notaries such as those appointed throughout most of the United States of America.
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Not every notary will carry these stamps so call several notaries in the area. You can copy and paste the wording from the California Secretary of State website under the California Acknowledgement section if you would like to include the wording on the page. Click to open the PDF to download the file. The California Secretary of State is very specific as to the wording and will reject your documents if any words are omitted or if the notary does not do their job correctly.
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Although many businesses have updated their forms to reflect the new Notary language required for Certificates of Acknowledgment and Jurats, we still see many obsolete forms floating around. Documents with outdated Notary Acknowledgments or Jurats are being rejected by County Recorder offices throughout the State of California. Links to updated PDF forms can be found below:. Christopher E. Ng, Esq.