What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public serves in cases involving affidavits, statutory declarations, powers-of-attorney, estates, and/or business and real estate transactions. A notary can administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate the execution of certain documents, and certify true copies. The appointment of Notaries Public is governed by various sections of both the Federal and the Alberta Evidence Act.
When Do I Need a Notary’s Services?
A Notary can be helpful when you need to authenticate a document, to make an oath or a solemn affirmation as to the truthfulness of a statement or document such as an affidavit, to execute paperwork for an estate, a deed, or a trust, or to complete a business transaction or a sale of real estate. A Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public must witness and properly administer an oath or affirmation in order for any document used for court cases or other legal proceedings to be admitted as evidence.
What is a Commissioner of Oaths?
A Commissioner of Oaths is much more limited in his/her powers, but is still entitled to take affidavits and statutory declarations, with the required oaths and/or declarations. Commissioners do not affix a notarial seal to documents. The appointment of Commissioners of Oaths falls under the Commissioners for Oaths Act (Chapter C-20).
When Do I Need a Commissioner’s Services?
A Commissioner is necessary to properly administer an affidavit or statutory declaration, including the preceding oath and/or affirmation. As stated earlier, any document used in a court case or other legal proceeding must be sworn or affirmed to before either a Commissioner of Oaths or a Notary Public in order to be admissible as evidence.
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