A common type of notarization customers need is a jurat. A jurat, also known as a "verification upon oath or affirmation" in some states, requires the signer to swear or affirm that the contents of a document are true. When executing a jurat, a Notary must use certificate wording that is specific to the requirements of state law. Jurats are used for documents such as affidavits and depositions, which often are used as evidence in trials or other legal proceedings. You witnessed the signer sign the document in front of you.
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For documents which require a notary Power of Attorney, Affidavit, Agreements, etc… , you will need a local notary to notarize the signatures on the document before mailing us your documents. If the document does not contain the correct notarial wording acknowledgement or jurat , your documents will be rejected by the California Secretary of State in Los Angeles.
Not every notary will carry these stamps so call several notaries in the area. You can copy and paste the wording from the California Secretary of State website under the California Acknowledgement section if you would like to include the wording on the page. Click to open the PDF to download the file. The California Secretary of State is very specific as to the wording and will reject your documents if any words are omitted or if the notary does not do their job correctly.
We do provide complimentary Los Angeles notary service for our clients. If you live in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, please call us for specific instructions. Before sending in your documents, please call us. You may be required to scan and email us your documents for review. If you have a smart phone, you can take a picture of your documents and send it to us by email or text message.
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California Notarial Certificate – Jurat
There are two primary types of notarization, one is called an Acknowledgment, and the other is called a Jurat. How do these two types differ? Why do I, the customer, have to choose? Cant you just stamp and sign on the page I have? A Notary Public cannot tell the client what type of notarization they need unless it clearly states from the contents of the document, or is indicated from the notary certificate present on the document. If it is not stated, a Notary may explain the different between the two, and it is up to the client to decide which one they need or want to have completed. In order for notarization to occur, the type of notarization must be selected.
Client Login Jurat vs Acknowledgement These are two main types of notary certificates which may be attached to a document which lacks a notary section or which may contain a notary section language which is not permitted or outdated. Notaries public in most states are not permitted to recommend which form to use but may present a sample for the signer to choose from. When in doubt it never hurts to include both. Acknowledgment An acknowledgment certificate indicates that the signer: a personally appeared before the Notary, b was identified by the Notary, and c acknowledged to the Notary that the document was freely signed. The confusion comes from the fact that the signer must appear before the Notary at the time of notarization to acknowledge that he or she freely signed for the purposes stated in the document. While it is important for a notary to understand the difference between an acknowledgment and a jurat, notaries public are not allowed to determine which type of certificate a signer uses.