Certain documents are required by law to be notarially executed, in which case a notary has to draft the document which is then signed and witnessed in the presence of the notary.
A notary is held to a higher standard of care A Notary Public is a specialist attorney who has an intimate knowledge of certain acts, and the processes prescribed therein, and who is legally empowered to officially:
- witness signatures;
- take statements; and
- certify the validity of documents.
These documents are known as notarial deeds, and include, inter alia:
- ante- and postnuptial contracts;
- deeds of servitude;
- deeds of cession of usufruct;
- notarial leases;
- trust deeds of donation; and
- notarial bonds.
Such documents are kept in the notary’s safekeeping and the notary is also required to keep a protocol and register of all the documents drafted by and attested to before him or her.
Examples of documents notarised include:
- Birth Certificates
- Death Certificates
- Divorce Certificates
- Police Clearance Certificates
- Powers of Attorney
- Copies of Id’s or Passports
- Educational Documents