What is a Notary Public and will you ever need a Notary Service? A Notary Public is an official commissioned by the Secretary of State to witness a variety of official acts to prevent fraud when documents are signed. Each individual Notary Public at Ezra Apostille & Notary is individually commissioned by the Secretary of State to provide notarial services for the public within the State of California. For example, when you buy a home, a notary is present when you sign your ownership documents, guiding you through the process of signing each document.
Notaries are required to follow specific, notarial laws (per the state they are commissioned in) when fulfilling their responsibilities so that documents are consistent and free from fraud. This is a “ministerial” position that doesn’t allow for personal discretion but follows a legal protocol of document notarization for our California clients.
A Notary Public’s primary responsibility is to observe the signing of the documents, ensure that the signers’ identities are verified, establish they are signing the document of their own free will, verify they are not under duress or coercion to sign, and confirm they are fully aware of the content of the documents they are signing.
Each California Notary Public on our team is often called upon to validate documents such as affidavits, travel consent forms, personal wills, and powers of attorney. The notararial process protects the integrity of the document's signatures, thus objectively protecting, all individuals, families, and businesses involved. Notary Publics fulfill a vital function in a world where the risks of identity theft and fraud are growing. Private citizens can be certain their official documents are properly executed when certified by a Notary Public.