When it comes to authenticating and legalizing documents, a notary public is an absolutely essential part of the process. However, certain notaries are more specialized in one case over others, so it’s important to find the right one for you.

The Role of a Notary Public

A notary public acts as a certified witness for the signing of documents of legal importance, which require extra measures to assure their legitimacy. Some document types that require notarization include court documents, government paperwork, business contracts, and certain business transactions.

A notary public is overall responsible for not only verifying identity, but also assuring their clients understands the legalese of the documents the client’s signing. This helps prevent fraud and lawsuits from parties that may claim non-consent on what they’re signing, amongst other legal issues.

Finding the Right Notary

Despite, or perhaps because of, their importance, public notaries aren’t too difficult to find. It’s mostly a case of asking around and doing some light research.

  • Most banks offer notary services; if you have an account with them, they’re often free.
  • Many companies employ notaries or assistants qualified to notarize documents, so try asking your work if there’s someone available. 
  • Libraries can sometimes offer notary services, while others can have guides that can help you find one.
  • Some pharmacies may offer notary services, surprisingly.
  • If you’re in university, the school may offer notary access.
  • Look online. There are both public notary directories and notary personal websites.

Considerations

As previously stated, not every notary’s the same; there’s different specializations, fees, and other factors. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Ease of contact. If they have narrow hours or don’t communicate rapidly, it can be difficult to schedule meetings.
  • Cost. Some notaries have convenience fees, which can be higher than the actual service costs. 
  • Qualifications. It’s important to find a notary specializing in the documents you need legitimized; for example, a business background works better for certain documents compared to a law one.

Serving Vancouver with notary services for over 10 years, Wendy Fuller Notary Public is here to help with all your notary needs. Whether it’s legal documents, real estate transactions, or any other official paperwork, Wendy Fuller Notary Public won’t miss a step when it comes to notary services. Call today at 604-558-1141 or by email at wfuller@notaries.bc.ca