Notary Public

Have you ever needed to have your signature witnessed and notarized? Notary Publics are important persons with integrity in our society appointed by state government to serve as impartial witnesses when a member of the public signs important documents. They are appointed for four-year terms.

A person is eligible to become a notary if they are over 18, A US citizen, a Florida resident, have no felony record, and complete a three-hour course on the duties of being a Notary Public. A notary public in Florida can notarize important documents anywhere in the state of Florida, can perform marriage ceremonies, and can charge $10 to notarize a document and $20 for marriage ceremonies.

Notaries cannot notarize documents outside of Florida, cannot notarize documents with their own signature or with signatures of immediate family members, and cannot notarize documents outside of the state of Florida.

Florida Civil-Law Notary

A Notary Public is the notary of common law and most common type of notary. There are also civil law notaries who must be a member of the Florida Bar practicing international law for at least five years, and complete a higher level of training,

What is a Florida Civil-Law Notary?

Appointed by the Department of State for life, Civil-Law Notaries are given the same powers as a notary public combined with less regulated powers. Civil-Law Notaries have training and duties similar to an attorney. They can provide legal advice and are allowed to certify an entire legal document, not just the signatures.

A Civil-Law Notary is a legal professional specializing in private law. These notaries ensure real-estate transactions, wills and probate, trusts, business transaction documents, and other important documents are properly documented.

Functions of Civil-Law Notaries:

A Florida Civil-Law Notary Can:

Power of Attorney –  Supervise the execution of a power of attorney.

Real-Estate Deeds – Oversee the execution of a deed or real estate to be transported to a foreign jurisdiction.

Wills and Probate – Facilitate the transfer of probate from a foreign country to Florida.

Expert Testimony – Can offer expert testimony to a Florida court concerning the legality of documents from a civil-law country.

Corporate Transactions – Prepare documents for residents and business owners to use and to be accepted in civil law countries.

Proof of Private Records – Certify the existence and authenticity of private records, such as; school transcripts, insurance, and financial documents.

Pension Claimants – Provide authority for the payment of benefits to Florida residents receiving monthly benefits from foreign governments.

Marriage Ceremonies – Can perform wedding within Florida and upon the High Seas.

World Records – Supervise and attest to completion of acts or events accepted by the Guinness World Records.

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