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A Notarial Act is an instrument in writing recording the due execution of a deed, contract or other writing, or verifying some fact or thing that has been done, and it is authenticated by the Notary's signature and an official seal. It either certifies the due execution in the Notary's presence of a deed, contract or other writing or it verifies some fact or thing of which the Notary has certain knowledge. There are notarial acts in the public form and in the private form. 

A Notary Public (also called a Notary) is an Attorney, who has passed the required Notary examinations and is then able to authenticate certain formal documents as well as draw and authenticate specialised contracts, that are later registered in the Deeds Registry, such as:

  • Administering of Oaths

  • Antenuptial Contracts

  • Certificates of Authentication and Apostilles

  • Certification of copied documents

  • Cessions of Real Rights 

  • Creation of Servitudes

  • Documents for international use

  • Long and short-term Lease Agreements

  • Notarial Bonds

  • Notarial Leases of land

  • Power of Attorney

  • Preparation of Wills and Trusts

  • Statutory declarations

  • Usufructs

  • Verifying the authenticity of signature

  • Witnessing signatures on affidavits

  • Witnessing the execution of documents



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10 Melrose Boulevard, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

PO Box 87249, Houghton, 2041

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