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


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