A notary (also referred to as a notary public or public notary) is a practising lawyer appointed by the Supreme Court to hold a unique public role. They have a internationally recognised power and authority to prepare certificates of Australian law. This includes documents such as contracts and deeds, authenticated by his or her signature and official seal, in a manner which renders them acceptable to the judicial or other public authorities in the countries in which they are produced.
A notary public also has the authority to administer oaths to the effect that a person signing a legal document was in fact, under oath when doing so. Notaries also perform other administrative functions of an international nature, and can provide official verification of the identities of the signing parties enough to satisfy the Courts and to verify statements made as accurate and therefore, legally binding.
What are a Notary’s Prime Responsibilities?
- The most common functions or tasks of notaries within Australia tend to be:
- Authenticating official, Government and personal documents and information for use overseas
- Witnessing signatures of individuals to documents and authenticating identity
- Witnessing Powers of Attorney for use overseas, including from time to time, preparing them
- Certifying true copies of documents for use overseas
- For corporations and business, witnessing documents and authenticating status and transactions
- Dealing with documentation for land, property and deceased estates overseas
Contact us to find out more or to arrange a consultation with Rachelle Bond, who is an experienced Public Notary.