A notary public is an officer commissioned by the Michigan Secretary of State to serve as an unbiased and impartial witness. The most common function of the notary is to prevent fraud by attesting to the identity of a person signing a document. Notarization on a document certifies that the person whose signature is entered on the document personally appeared before the notary, established his or her identity, and personally signed the document in the presence of the notary.
TYPES OF NOTARIZATIONS
Acknowledgements, certify that the signer physically appeared before the Notary, was identified by the Notary through proper identification, and witnessed the document being signed.
Jurats, which are found in affidavits and other sworn documents, certifying that the signer personally appeared before the Notary, signed in the presence of the Notary, and took an oath or affirmation from the Notary.
Oaths and Affirmations, are solemn promises to God (oath) or solemn promise on one’s own personal honor (affirmation).
Proofs of Execution; certifying that a subscribing witness phycially appeared and swore to the Notary that another person, the principal, signed a document.
Depositions, (taking, administration of oath and certificate).
***Notice: You must know what type of notarization you require before your appointment. As a Notary Public, I cannot advise which of the above services you need. This would constitute as unauthorized practice of law. You are advised to call the person(s) that requested or prepared the document and ask.
CAN ANY DOCUMENT BE NOTARIZED?
For a document to be notarized, it must contain the following:
Text committing the signer in some way.
An original signature (not a photocopy).
A notarial “certificate” which may appear on the document itself or as an attachment.
The Notary fills in the certificate, signs it, and applies his or her seal to complete the notarization.
TYPES OF DOCUMENTS TO BE NOTARIZED
There are many types of documents a Notary Public may notarize; as long as they are lawful. The list includes (but is not limited to) the following related documents:
Power of Attorney
Wills & Trust
A NOTARY MAY NOT
Simply sign and seal - Notarize birth certificates/vital public record - Assist in preparing documents - Assist with immigration - Notarize an incomplete document - Select the type of notarization - Certify a translation - Notarize without ID - Certify an object or event - Falsify a date - Use an interpreter
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