Legal Word of the Day: “Notary”


“Notary” – In Ontario, notaries verify that signatures, marks and copies of documents are true or genuine. They are also able to administer oaths.

Paralegals and lawyers in Ontario are not automatically notaries public.

Paralegals and lawyers are, however, by virtue of office, Commissioners of Oaths — able to administer an oath to an identified person who swears or affirms the truth of the contents of an affirmation or statutory declaration, for example.

Paralegals can apply to be notaries public if they meet a narrow set of criteria established by the province.

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