What is a notary public?

A public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters, usually concerned with estates, deeds, powers of attorney, and foreign and international business. A notary’s main functions are to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate the execution of certain classes of documents, take acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances, protest notes and bills of exchange, provide notice of foreign drafts, provide exemplifications and notarial copies, and perform certain other official acts, depending on the jurisdiction.