What is a Notary Public? Who can be a notary?

An Ontario Notary Public’s role is to verify the identity of the person signing the document.

A notary public is a third-party witness to the signature of a document. Also, the Notary is a witness to the fact that all parties who signed did so willingly and under their own power.

The Notary Public will also confirm the person signing (the signatory) understands the meaning of what she or he is signing. The act of notarizing a document or witnessing a signature is the core function of a Notary Public.

All Notary Publics are duly appointed by the Ministry of the Attorney General in the Province of Ontario. Or they are appointed by the equivalent provincial ministry across Canada.

Notaries are most commonly lawyers appointed the the Bar of their respective provincial Law Society. There are also non-lawyer Notary Publics who can be appointed under special circumstances.

All notaries working for Notary Pro Canada are lawyers appointed by the Law Society of Ontario. You can be sure each notary has been trained and understands the critical nature of their role.

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