Whether you are a student or employee, single or married, young or old, it’s nearly impossible to avoid certain legal processes that call for certain documents.
This could be offering an affidavit for a divorce proceeding – which is essentially a sworn written statement by you that serves as an oath; this document could be used in tandem with witness statements in court to prove the veracity of a certain statement. Or, it could be getting copies of educational documents attested for immigration purposes.
Matthias Duensing recognizes that you need these processes to be executed without a hitch.
Who Can Make an Affidavit?
You must be at least 18 years old and have the mental capacity to understand the seriousness of the oath which you are taking. The information in the affidavit will reflect the personal knowledge of the person making the statement.
What Does a Notary Public Do?
A Notary Public is a person who serves as an official witness when contracts, agreements and other similar legal documents are being signed or executed. A Notary is also tasked with certifying true copies of original documents. In Ontario, notaries are regulated by the Notaries Act.
Within the purview of the services offered, a Notary Public also has the authority to administer solemn affirmations, declarations and oaths that are used for affidavits and statutory declarations. In essence, a Notary Public is qualified to:
– administer oaths and take declarations for legal purposes;
– witness and certify or authenticate the validity of signatures on documents as an impartial party so as to prevent fraud or theft;
– certify a document as a legal copy of the original;
What Does a Commissioner of Oaths Do?
In Canada, a Commissioner of Oaths is a person who is legally qualified, under regional or provincial legislation, to administer a declaration or affirmation on affidavits and other legal documents. In Ontario, Commissioners are regulated by the Commissioners For Taking Affidavits Act.
Commissioners of Oaths officially state that the oath or affirmation or declaration was properly administered. Usually, Commission of Oath services involve:
– commissioning oaths for affidavits
– commissioning solemn declarations for statutory declarations.
Unlike a Notary, a Commissioner is not legally entitled to certify true copies of original documents.
Duensing Law is a Notary Public and Commissioner of Oaths in Toronto
Duensing Law understands the nuances involved in administering your legal documents. He uses his experience to guide you through the process.
Do you require notarization of a document or administration of an oath, affirmation or declaration? Contact Duensing Law today.