What is a notary?

What is a notary? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (law, especially civil law) A lawyer of noncontentious private civil law who drafts, takes, and records legal instruments for private parties, and provides legal advice, but does not appear in court on clients' behalf.
  2. (common law) A notary public, a legal practitioner who prepares, attests to, and certifies documents, witnesses affidavits, and administers oaths.
  3. (law, Canada, US) A lay notary public, who serves as an impartial witness to the signing of important documents, but who is not authorised to practise law.
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Another notary had barely sat down to commence the signing process when the wife of the borrower began flirting with him.
The collection of the third portion of the harvest was often subcontracted to a third party, by means of a private contract drawn up by a notary.
In January 1998 there was a reconciliation formally recorded by a notary, the effect of which may have been to suspend the custody order.
It's a private investigating company that also offers court filing services, judgment recovery, collections, notary services, and skip tracing.
Now parts of it are difficult to read, and the signatures and notary stamp are nearly illegible.
Their buying and selling of rural and urban properties as well as of slaves are well grounded by the author through notary documents.

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