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Dictionary Definition

notary n : someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions [syn: notary public]

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From notarie (French: notaire), from notarius.



  • Spanish: notario

Extensive Definition

Notary may refer to:
  • Notary public, a public official who notarizes legal documents and who can also administer and take oaths, and affirmations among other tasks
  • Civil law notary, a legal professional working in civil law (in the Netherlands appointed by the Crown)
  • Scrivener, a person who can read and write, performing secretarial and administrative duties
  • Scrivener (also) one of a group of notaries practicing in central London since 1373
  • Signing agent, also known as a Loan Signing Agent, a Notary Public who specializes in notarizing mortgage/real estate documents
  • Solicitor, a type of lawyer in many common law jurisdictions, a few of whom practice as Notaries Public in addition to their main occupation
notary in French: Notaire

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