What do you mean by "notary?"
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Are the following sentences grammatically correct?
"After the person he was trying to catch dissapears, Kevin walks through the notary. Ahead of him, there is a young man walking."
What do you mean by "notary?"
Dear SoothingDave: First of all, thanks for your answer.
I mean Public Notary Building, the place were a person can sign important papers related to legalize papers.
There is no such building in Britain.
Most notaries are solicitors, who work in private offices. If there are such buildings in your country, then you'll need to call it them Public Notary Buildings/Offices/Centres.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Sep-2016 at 18:19.
"After the person he was trying to catch disappears, Kevin walks through the Notary Building. Ahead of him, there is a young man walking."
Yes, it was grammatical. But you had one spelling error and a usage error.
Slightly off-topic, but perhaps of interest to some learners: in the first fifty-two years of my life, mainly in England, I did not even know what a notary was. I got married and divorced, bought and sold houses, started a business, made a will, and inherited property, all without the services of a notary. When I moved to the Czech Republic in 1998, I had to seek the services of a notary some three or four times within the first six months in order to get various documents, or copies thereof, notarised, a term that was the new to me then.
Last month I had to go to a solicitor in England to get a rubber stamp on a document confirming that I was still alive (wondrous are the workings of British pensions agencies). In many countries in which I worked, I went, many times, to a notary to confirm my continuing existence. Unlike many Brits, I have documents proving that I am notarised, therefore I am. Descartes (Cogito ergo sum - I think, therefore I am/exist) clearly knew little about notaries; fortunately, his readers appeared not to, or his whole philosophy would have been stillborn.
I am fairly sure that most British people in 2016 do not know what a notary is.
I knew the term but only became familiar with it when helping a friend with her house in France, because she had to enlist the services of a "notaire" several times. More recently, I had to visit one in the UK to get a contract and copies of passports notarised before they were sent off to the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for an "apostille" (another term I've only heard in the last few years).
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
They're fairly common in the US, and used for almost any kind of official legal document. I've even had to have some forms on job applications notarized.
Almost anybody can be a licensed notary public, but you have to register with your local state agency. There are some basic eligibility requirements (which vary slightly by state, but usually involve state residency, legal age, clean criminal record, etc.), some filing fees, and some states require you to post a bond. You also have to buy your own embossing seal. The license has to be renewed every few years.
Aside from those state-designated requirements however, it's open to just about anybody, regardless of occupation. Typically legal secretaries are notaries, but also regular business secretaries may be notaries if their company needs such. Our receptionist at the Adult Education center I work for is a notary. Most copy shops or office supply shops will have a notary on staff. There's usually a small fee for having something notarized unless it's company business.
I thought about becoming one myself, until I realized one can't legally notarize one's own documents. I still want to buy an embossing seal someday, even if it doesn't declare me a notary because those things just look classy.
I once realized my driving license had been expired for four months (I somehow completely overlooked renewing it) when a notary asked to see it. She then refused to notarize my document because I didn't have a valid ID, which I found vexing, but she wasn't notarizing anything affirming my identity until I had a current valid photo ID.
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In Australia, we call them JPs - Justice of the Peace. I think it's about a six-month part-time course. Most of their work is voluntary, but they can put JP. after their name. Naturally, you have to be a citizen of good standing and all the rest too. Most of them have other primary jobs or are retired.
That is the primary purpose of a notary, to affirm in an official way that someone who is signing something is the actual person. This requires a valid ID.but she wasn't notarizing anything affirming my identity until I had a current valid photo ID.