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What Does a Notary Attorney Do?

A notary attorney, in South Africa, serves to legally witness and attest certain documents. However, a notary attorney, or notary public, delivers various services, all relating to the authentication and notarisation of legal documents.

A notary attorney is a specialist attorney authorised by the High Court to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually related to matters concerning estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international affairs. Among their responsibilities, they are tasked to notarise certain documents. Such documents include marriage certificates, birth certificates, death certificates, single status certificates, divorce certificates, police clearance certificates, powers-of-attorney, copies of ID’s or passports, and educational documents. Notary attorneys also specialise in taking affidavits and statutory declarations, witnessing and authenticating certain documents, this includes ante-nuptial agreements, and documents pertaining to use in another country, taking acknowledgements of deeds and other conveyances, protest notes and bills of exchange. The details of these documentations can be vital and should be considered with the highest care in mind. As such, a notary attorney should be consulted in any scenario which would demand any of the above procedures or documents of you. Notary attorneys are specialists and best know how to proceed with documentations and procedures as stated.

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