Notary publics witness the signing of important documents and verify the signer’s identity (s), their willingness to sign the documents, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. Institutions rely upon notaries so they may have full faith in important documents. 

What things need to be notarized? 

While not every single important document requires notarization, some documents requiring these witnessed, verified kinds of signatures include: 

  • Articles of incorporation. 
  • Memorandum of understanding documents. 
  • Vendor contracts. 
  • Commercial leases. 
  • Employment contracts. 
  • Construction and loan agreements. 

Why do we need to notarize documents? 

Notarization has a legal impact on the contract as it converts a private document to a public instrument. Notarization also prevents fraud among legal documents and contracts. The documents that often require notarization are Power of Attorney, medical documents, sworn statements, affidavits, deeds, wills, and trusts. 

Do all states have notaries? 

Most U.S. states and jurisdictions only authorize commissioned Notaries Public or other notarial officers recognized under state law to perform notarial acts within the borders of the commissioning state or jurisdiction. 

We hope this was a helpful read to understand the purpose of a Notary. Need a signing? Send us a request, and we will handle the rest.  

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