A notary public is a public officer authorized by the government to act as an impartial witness in the signing of legal and official documents.
Notaries are appointed by state governments and are usually authorized to act in a specific jurisdiction, such as a county or a state.
The primary duty of a notary public is to verify the identity of a person signing a document and to ensure that they are signing voluntarily and under their own free will. In order to carry out their duties, notaries will require individuals to provide proof of identity, such as a passport or driver's license.
Once a document is signed and Notarized, the notary will affix a seal or stamp to the document to certify that it has been properly executed.
Before a death, a person's Last Will and Testament may need to be notarized in order to prove its validity.
After a death, notarization is needed to officially transfer ownership of property from a deceased person to Heirs or Beneficiaries. They will need to sign legal documents and notarization may be required to certify that the signatures are authentic.
Notarization helps prevent fraud and ensures that the wishes of a deceased person, as outlined in their will or other legal documents, are carried out.