Notary 101: What You Need to Know About Common Types of Notary Documents

As a notary public, there are various types of documents that you may encounter and notarize. Here are some common types of notary documents:

1. Acknowledgment

An acknowledgment is a document that certifies that a person has voluntarily signed a document in the presence of a notary public. The notary verifies the identity of the signer and ensures that they understand the contents of the document they are signing.

2. Jurat

A jurat is a document that certifies that a person has made a sworn oath or affirmation before a notary public. The notary administers the oath or affirmation and confirms the person’s identity and understanding of the sworn statement.

3. Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that authorizes someone to act on behalf of another person in legal, financial, or healthcare matters. The notary public may be required to notarize the signature of the person granting the power of attorney.

4. Loan Documents

Loan documents are legal agreements related to loans, mortgages, or other financial transactions. These documents may include promissory notes, loan agreements, mortgage deeds, and other related paperwork. The notary may be involved in witnessing and notarizing the signatures of the parties involved.

5. Affidavits

An affidavit is a written statement made under oath or affirmation, typically used as evidence in legal proceedings. The notary public administers the oath or affirmation and notarizes the signature of the person making the statement.

6. Wills

Wills are legal documents that outline a person’s wishes regarding the distribution of their assets and the care of their dependents after their death. Notaries may be involved in notarizing the signatures of the testator (the person making the will) and witnesses.

7. Trust Documents

Trust documents establish trusts, which are legal arrangements that hold and manage assets for the benefit of individuals or organizations. Notaries may be involved in notarizing the signatures of the grantor (the person establishing the trust) and witnesses.

8. Contracts

Contracts are legally binding agreements between parties. Notaries may be involved in notarizing the signatures on contracts to verify the authenticity of the signatures and provide an additional level of assurance.

These are just a few examples of the types of notary documents. The specific documents you encounter may vary depending on your jurisdiction, the nature of your notarial practice, and the needs of your clients. As a notary, it is essential to understand the requirements and procedures for each type of document and to follow the applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction.