Practicing Law Without a License Articles

What is a Notario Publico?

by American Association of Notaries
In its simplest form, the term notario publico translates to notary public. On a deeper level, however, the difference between a notario publico and a U.S. notary public is vast, and therefore it can be problematic for notaries to use this particular terminology in the United States. While a notary public in the United States is authorized to perform specific notarial acts and practice limited discretion, a notario publico in many Latin American countries is an individual who has received the equivalent of a law license and who is authorized to represent others before the government. (more...)

Legal by Notarization

by American Association of Notaries
I honestly cannot count the number of times I've been asked the question, Once you notarize my document, will it be legal? If I were to guess, I'd say I'm asked at least once a week (during a slow week). It seems people feel that a notary public can do the same thing an attorney does, but at a cheaper price. (more...)

Unauthorized Practice of Law -- Why ONLY Attorneys May Give Legal Advice

by American Association of Notaries
If you spend any time reading about notary duties, you will see many statements that a notary must avoid giving legal advice. What is legal advice? (more...)

What to Do When There Is No Pre-Printed Notary Certificate

by American Association of Notaries
If you provide notary services long enough, you will encounter people who have letters or statements or other documents that lack a pre-printed notary certificate. These are often the result of someone being told that they need a notarized statement or release or authorization in order to accomplish some purpose they have chosen. (more...)

Can a Notary Offer Non-Notarial Services to their Notary Clients?

by American Association of Notaries
Most notaries acquire a notary commission as an additional credential. Very often, offering notarial services is not the notary's only, or primary, occupation. Many individuals become notaries at the request of their employers, while others wish to offer services to their local communities and neighborhoods. (more...)

Practicing Law without a License / Unlawful Advertising

by American Association of Notaries
The following are issues that are addressed by law in many states and may carry severe penalties. Notaries in those states that do not address these issues should heed the following: (more...)

Steps to a Proper Notarization

by American Association of Notaries
Notaries should follow proper procedures to minimize any risk of liability for an improper notarial act and reduce opportunities for fraud. With every notarization, the notary should use precise measures to: (more...)
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