[Tagging] Feature Proposal – RFC – notary

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com
Wed Dec 4 18:51:25 UTC 2019

On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 1:18 PM Jmapb <jmapb at gmx.com> wrote:
> At least in the USA, there's some overlap between the sorts of places
> that offer copyshop services and the sorts of places that offer notary
> services. Notary services are also commonly found at banks, estate
> agents, travel agents, and, as you mentioned, lawyers.

In New York, virtually every member of the bar is a notary, since
attorneys admitted to practice in New York need not pass a separate
notarial exam and must simply swear the oath of office and pay the
license fee.

Those who live in Civil Law countries must note that notaries public
in Common Law countries are very minor civil officers; their only real
qualification is the  witnessing of signatures and (sometimes) the
administration of oaths. A notary in a Civil Law country is more
comparable to what a Common Law jurisdiction would call a 'solicitor'.
(Exception: Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and Quebec all have hybrid systems
of Common and Civil Law, and notaries there have the power to prepare
wills, deeds, and contracts; Florida and Alabama have two-tier systems
wherein some attorneys are commissioned as Civil-Law notaries with the
power to certify entire legal documents, not merely the signatures.
Civil Law notaries in Florida and Alabama are also authorized to
officiate at marriage ceremonies and prepare apostilles for
certification by their respective Secretaries of State for
international usage.)

73 de ke9tv/2, Kevin

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