What is a New Jersey Notary Public?
The office of Notary Public is a vital public function. Notaries are called upon to perform many valuable services for New Jersey's business, legal and financial communities. Effective notary services help to ensure that documents are properly executed, that facts are duly certified, and above all, that the general public is protected from fraud. Notarization is essential for many official documents including mortgages, deeds, contracts, and various corporate transactions.
A Notary Public is a public officer who serves as an impartial witness a) to facilitate the workings of commerce and law by lending credibility to certain sensitive signed documents b) to witness the signing of documents and c) to administer the acknowledgement of signatures on documents. A Notary Public may also administer oaths and affirmations. A duly appointed New Jersey Notary Public is authorized to perform notary services throughout the State of New Jersey.
When a document is notarized, the public can be assured that its signer is not an impostor and any contracting parties can be assured that the document they have signed - and no other - will have full force and effect.
NJ Notaries Public are not attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey, and may not give legal advice. (Ref. Opinion No. 41 – NJ Notary Public Manual; “Notaries Public and the Unauthorized Practice of Law NJSA 52:7-10 to 57:7-21.)