What Are Notary Services?
Notary services come up as a requirement in a variety of situations in day to day life and specific life events. For example, the need usually comes up with regards to:
• Swearing an Affidavit;
• Administering an affirmation;
• Taking a Statutory Declaration;
• Administering an Oath;
• Making a true copy of a document (of passports, birth certificates, degrees, etc); and
• Witness and attest to the signing of a document.
Who is a Notary Public?
In Alberta, many people are Notaries Public whom offer notary services. The Notaries and Commissioners Act creates these roles by statute. The people whom hold the position by way of their office include:
• Members of Parliament elected in Alberta;
• Students-at-Law or Articling students;
• People elected to the Alberta legislature whom currently hold office; and
• Senators in Canada who, when appointed to the Senate, resided in Alberta.
How to Know if You Need a Notary or Commissioner
Many people need help deciding if they need a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary. We help you make this determination. That said, the easy answer is that Notaries, by position, perform all the services that a Commissioner legally performs and then more. If in doubt, have your document notarised instead of commissioned.