notary public

noun
no·​ta·​ry public | \ ˈnō-tə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio) \
plural notaries public or notary publics

Definition of notary public

: a public officer who attests or certifies writings (such as a deed) to make them authentic and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable paper

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One will, dated June 21, 2010, even has the handwritten mark of a notary public: Zoretha Coleman, who signed the document five months after Franklin did. Steve Friess, New York Times, "A Year Later, the Fight Over Aretha Franklin’s Estate Deepens," 21 Aug. 2019 The complaint was sworn by a Cudahy clerk who is a notary public with her official stamp. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Cudahy Mayor charged with forging a signature on an election ethics complaint," 8 July 2019 Hotels say the extra charges cover such things as Wi-Fi, use of the fitness center, and in the case of the Park Plaza, long-distance calls from the room phone and access to a notary public. Jon Marcus, BostonGlobe.com, "Those hidden resort fees? You’re not the only one worked up about them," 2 July 2019 The new process still requires at least 11 pages of paperwork and signatures from neighboring businesses, the city clerk, the assistant city attorney, the director of the public works department and a notary public. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018 The deed included the signature and seal of notary public Lelia L. Hilliard, declaring that Hart had appeared before her in November 2014, provided proof of his identity, and executed the sale. Craig R. Mccoy, Philly.com, "A Philadelphia story: Falsely declared dead, home stolen and no one will help," 29 June 2018 The forms will need to be witnessed and signed by two other people, or by a notary public. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Power of attorney: What do I need to know?," 27 Apr. 2018 The signature must be witnessed by two adults or a notary public. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Do you need an advanced medical directive? Yes!," 25 Apr. 2018 Under the agreement, Briggs must pay a $1,000 fine (which could top $1,830 with court surcharges), complete 200 hours of community service and her appointment as a notary public will be revoked. Rob O'dell, azcentral, "Woman at center of Phoenix lobbyist forgery scandal convicted," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of notary public

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for notary public

Middle English notary clerk, notary public, from Latin notarius clerk, secretary, from notarius of shorthand, from nota note, shorthand character

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notary public

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Financial Definition of notary public

What It Is

A notary, also called a notary public, is a person who is authorized to witness the signing of important documents.

How It Works

A notary public goes through training and obtains an official seal to affix to paperwork that he or she has witnessed signing. For example, when John and Jane Doe buy a house, they must sign the closing paperwork that makes them responsible for a large mortgage, title insurance and other responsibilities. The notary public comes to the closing appointment and watches John and Jane physically sign the documents. The notary then affixes his seal to the paperwork, proving that he witnessed the signing and that John and Jane Doe are who they say they are.

Why It Matters

Notaries are important people because they give documents legal weight. Notaries are commonly involved in the creation of wills, trusts, deeds and powers of attorney. Each state sets forth its own requirements for becoming a notary, though most involve passing a test and having no serious criminal history. Some require the purchase of a surety bond.

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notary public

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English Language Learners Definition of notary public

law : a person who has the authority to act as an official witness when legal documents are signed

notary public

noun
no·​ta·​ry public | \ ˈnō-tə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio) \
plural notaries public or notary publics

Kids Definition of notary public

: a public official who witnesses the making of a document (as a will) and signs it to show that it is authentic

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notary public

noun
no·​ta·​ry public | \ ˈnō-tə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio) \
plural notaries public or notary publics

Legal Definition of notary public

: a public officer who certifies and attests to the authenticity of writings (as deeds) and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable instruments

called also notary

History and Etymology for notary public

Latin notarius stenographer, from nota note, shorthand character

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