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Definition of Notarial Terms:
Acknowledgement: A formal declaration before an authorized official, such as a notary public, by someone who signs a document and confirms that the signature is authentic. Also, the certificate of the officer on such instrument indicating that the document has been so acknowledged.
Affidavit: A voluntary declaration of facts, written down and sworn to or affirmed by the declarant (affiant) before a Notary Public or other officer having the authority to administer an oath.
Affirmation: The act of affirming the truth of a document, not an oath. i.e. “I solemnly affirm and declare the foregoing to be a true statement…”. Note that a affidavit may appear in two forms: a sworn affidavit with oath, or an affirmed affidavit with affirmation. Both have the same legal import.
Jurat: A certification added to an affidavit or document stating when, where and before whom such affidavit was made.
Oath: A solemn declaration, accompanied by a swearing to God or a revered person or thing, that one statement is true or that one will be bound to a promise. The person making the old implicitly invites punishment if the statement is untrue or the promise is broken.
Protest: A Notary Public’s written statement that, upon presentment for payment or acceptance, a negotiable instrument was neither paid nor accepted.
Verification: A formal declaration by which one swears to or affirms the truth of a statement in a document. Also, the statement of a Notary Public that the person appearing before the notary has been properly identified as being the person purported to be appearing.
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