Did you know that of the 7,500 lawyers in Western Australia, only 0.6% have been admitted as a Public Notary?

On 2 July 2013, the Supreme Court of Western Australia admitted D’Angelo Legal Practitioner Director, Paul D’Angelo, to join the select group of lawyers who are also Public Notaries.

Definition:  A public notary, notary public, or notary, is a public officer, usually a practising solicitor or attorney, appointed for life by a State or Territory Supreme Court, and given statutory powers to witness documents, administer oaths, and perform other wide-ranging administrative functions of a national and international nature.

A Public Notary not only takes oaths, signs and witnesses documents for use within Australia, but also performs similar functions in respect of international documents for use outside Australia.

“It is an honour and privilege to be admitted as a Public Notary – it’s a position of trust,” Mr D’Angelo said.

Justices of the Peace (JPs) in Australia are not permitted to witness documents for use in foreign countries. Notaries have this exclusive right and are the only true international “JP’s” in Australia.

Notaries Public affix their official seal (usually impressed onto a red sticker) or stamp, onto documents immediately under, adjacent or as near as possible to their signatures. All Notaries’ seals and signatures are officially recorded in a data base held by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), an Australian government department authorised to issue Apostille or Authentication Certificates certifying that the signatures, seals or stamps of Notaries on Australian public documents are genuine.

What does a Public Notary actually do?

A Public Notary principally:

  • Attests documents and certifies their due execution for use in Australia and overseas countries
  • Prepares and certifies powers of attorney, wills, deeds, contracts and other legal documents, for use in Australia and overseas countries
  • Administers oaths for Australian and international documents
  • Witnesses signatures to affidavits, statutory declarations, powers of attorney, contracts, and other documents, for use in Australia and overseas countries
  • Verifies documents for use in Australia and overseas countries
  • Certifies copy documents for use in Australia and overseas countries
  • Exemplifies official documents for use internationally

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