We can all agree that public notaries and lawyers are not the same professions. Even though they include similar topics, and require specific knowledge and specialization in the legal system, in one point of education, they take two separate paths.
However, the main problem is that people cannot make a difference between public notary and lawyer. That is why we wanted to present you thorough explanations of the similarities and differences between these two legal services.
What Is Notary Public?
A public notary is a professional who obtained the legal degree and who can provide a limited amount of legal services. Of course, they were around for a long time. According to the beginnings, Babylonian notaries used a chisel to write the oldest law into the stone four millennia ago.
During that time, notaries were essential and trusted members of society. Their principal obligations were to oversee money transactions and to guarantee that everything was fair. Notaries have professional standards based on the Notaries Act. At the same time, they have their own rules and by-laws, and they are members of legal society.
Differences between a Lawyer and Notary Public
Both lawyers and notaries deal with legal matters. However, notaries cannot dispute and represent clients in court. Their primary jurisdiction is restricted to non-contentious issues in which all parties reached the specific agreements such as estate planning, mortgages and estate transfers.
By Notarizing, a Document Notaries will:
On the other hand, notaries public can complete an undergraduate degree and obtain the law degree. However, they have to finish the two-year specialization that will allow them to call themselves public notaries.
Common Myths about Notaries
Most people think that it is better to use lawyer during the transaction procedure, especially if something doesn't go according to plan. However, that is not the case, because the most relevant expert that has enough knowledge to deal with these practice areas are notaries public.
Dr. David James