Notary Terms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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ACKNOWLEDGMENT
a.That the signer appeared in person before the notary public on the date indicated in the county indicated.

b.To the identity of the signer.

c.That the signer acknowledged executing the document.

ADMINISTER
To discharge the duties of an office; to give (as in the giving of an oath).

AFFIDAVIT
A written statement of facts made voluntarily and confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the party making it before an officer authorized to administer oaths, i.e., a notary public.

AFFIRM
To make a solemn, formal declaration under the penalty of perjury that certain statements are true. An affirmation is legally equivalent to an oath and may be substituted for an oath when a document requires an oath for its execution, i.e., an affidavit.

AFFIX
To attach or impress the notary seal to a document.

ATTEST
To bear witness to or to certify.

CERTIFIED COPY
A copy of a document or record, signed and certified as a true copy by the public official who has custody of the original record. NOTE: A notary may make an "attested photocopy," but not a certified copy. A certified copy is not the same as an original document.

CODICIL
A supplement or addendum to a will.

COMMISSION
The certificate issued by the Governor verifying appointment as a notary public and authorizing the notary public to perform the official acts of that office. The commission also bears the commission number and the beginning and ending dates of the term of appointment.

CUSTODIAN OF THE DOCUMENT
The person who has charge or custody of the document. In the case of making an attested photocopy, the "document's custodian" is the person presenting the document, who may or may not be the document signer.

EXECUTE A DOCUMENT
To perform all formalities necessary to make a document fully effective; often a matter of signing, but may require delivery or other elements.

FREE ACT AND DEED
To admit one's act and assume the responsibility for it.

GRANTEE
A person who receives the deed of real property from the grantor, i.e., generally the buyer.

GRANTOR
The person who transfers a deed of real property, i.e, generally the seller.

INSTRUMENT
A written document.

JURAT
a.That the signer personally appeared before the notary public on the date indicated and in the county indicated.

b.That the signer signed the document in the presence of the notary public.

c.That the notary public administered the oath.

 

NOTARIAL ACT
The officials acts of a notary public administering an oath, taking an acknowledgment, attesting to a photocopy, or any other other act authorized by law.

NOTARIAL CERTIFICATE
A written statement made by the notary public certifying specific facts of the notarial act performed.

OATH
Any form of attestation or pledge by which a person signifies that he or she is bound in conscience and out of a sense of responsibility to a Supreme Being to the truthfulness for some statement. Willfully swearing to untrue statements constitutes perjury.

PERJURY
Making a false statement under oath or affirmation. Perjury is a felony punishable by a fine and/or prison term.

PERSONALLY KNOWN
Having an acquaintance derived from association with an individual, which establishes the individual's identity with at least a reasonable certainty.

POWER OF ATTORNEY
A document authorizing a person to act as another's agent or attorney for a specified purpose.

PRINCIPAL
The person making the power of attorney.

ATTORNEY IN FACT
The person authorized to act for another by power of attorney.

SUBSCRIBE
To sign a document.

 

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