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There is a misunderstanding of what Notary certificates when documents are notarized.
Lets break it down and take confusion away.
There are two most common notarial acts that are being performed by a Notary: acknowledgement and Jurat.
Note:Notary cannot tell a signer which form of Notarial act to do. Its illegal. A signer of a document needs to tell a Notary what he/she wants Notary to do.
Lets talk about Acknowledgement.
These are guarantees that Notary provides by motorizing paperwork with acknowledgement:
– signer of a document was physically present during notarization. Face time or Skype sessions are not physical presence
-signer was properly identified by a Notary by using appropriate and allowed forms of identification
-signer acknowledged that he/she signed the document or sign it in front of a Notary
-entire event was recorded in a Notary journal
This might come as a surprise for a lot of people, but signer can sign document anytime and than have it Notarized. With acknowledgement, all signer needs to do is to confirm that he/she signed document to a notary.
Jurat is a document that shows that signer was given an oath and swore that everything in a document he/she signed is true and correct.