What is a Notary Public in Cameroon?
A notary public of the common law is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business.
A notary’s main functions are to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate the execution of certain classes of documents, take acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances, protest notes and bills of exchange, provide notice of foreign drafts, prepare marine or ship’s protests in cases of damage, provide exemplifications and notarial copies, and perform certain other official acts depending on the jurisdiction. Any such act is known as a notarization. The term notary public only refers to common-law notaries and should not be confused with civil-law notaries.
A notary public (or notary, or public notary) is tasked with verifying the authenticity of your most important transactions.
Their consent is often the final step in establishing power of attorney, closing on a home, or opening a retirement account.
So what is a Public notary in cameroon? Who are the people that stamp your documents, and what does it take to earn their (literal) seal of approval?
What Does a Notary Public Do?
A notary public is a public official appointed by a state government to help deter fraud. Notary publics witness the signing of important documents and verify the identity of the signer(s), their willingness to sign the documents, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction.
These documents include:
- Powers of attorney
- Loan documents
Administering oaths and affirmations; Notary publics offer a legal service that impacts numerous institutions. Their responsibilities include:
- Taking affidavits and statutory declarations;
- Taking acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances;
- Protesting notes and bills of exchange; and
- Providing notice of foreign drafts.
The term “notary public” only refers to common-law notaries and should not be confused with civil-law notaries, which are lawyers who have passed their bar exam. A common-law notary who is not a lawyer is forbidden from providing legal advice.
Where Can I Get Something Notarized in Cameroon ?
Traditionally, those in need of notary services must first find a notary public and then travel to meet the notary in-person. This can cause tremendous cost, delay, and inconvenience to the customer, as they must find time in their schedule to visit the notary.
Prime Time Law office with its team of Public notaries is shaking up the status quo by allowing you to legally notarize a document entirely online for the very first time.
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