When Do you Need a Notary Lawyer?
First and foremost, it is important to note that a Commissioner of Oaths is not a Notary lawyer, or notary public. It is a popular misunderstanding that certain documents related to international travel or business, for instance, can be certified by a Commissioner of Oaths, such as that at a police station. Such documents can only be certified by a notary lawyer.
Furthermore, a notary lawyer is a specialised attorney and delivers an extensive list of services where notarisation, and authentication of documents are concerned. Typically, there are three broad categories in which a notary lawyer is used for: Acknowledgements, Jurats, and certification of documents, including copied documents. In any scenario pertaining to the broad spectrum as stated, you will need a notary lawyer. A notary lawyer can only assist in non-contentious matters, and is there to serve an authenticating role, and may not deliver opinions with regards to the content his client is signing. Other instances in which you may require a notary lawyer is to certify/notarise marriage certificates, divorce certificates, birth certificates, death certificates, and single status certificates. These are just some of the areas in which notary lawyers, or notary lawyers South Africa, specialise.