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A notary public is a public officer who serves the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with foreign or international business. 

What do notaries public do?

Notaries certify the execution in their presence of a deed, a contract or other writing.

They can also verify some act or thing done in their presence. Among the things they do are:

  • Authenticating documents

  • Witnessing and proving signatures to documents

  • Administering oaths

  • Taking affidavits (other than for the courts in Ireland)

  • Drawing up Powers of Attorney and other legal documents customarily prepared by notaries public

When am I likely to need the services of a notary public?

You are most likely to require a notary where you have to send papers or documents to a foreign jurisdiction.

You may require the services of a notary in relation to:

  • Foreign adoption papers

  • Affidavits for use in foreign courts

  • Copies of State documents for use abroad

  • International contracts

  • Powers of Attorney

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