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[OT] Notaty Publics (taking off list now...)

On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 03:09:16 +1000
Paul TBBle Hampson <Paul.Hampson@anu.edu.au> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 05:48:46AM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
> > On Wed, 1 Jun 2005 10:14:43 +0200
> > Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> wrote:
> > > On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 07:54:51AM +0200, Marc Haber wrote:
> > > > On Tue, 31 May 2005 14:13:54 -0600, "Wesley J. Landaker"
> > > > <wjl@icecavern.net> wrote:
> > > > >Right, but they have to get it notarized (or forge a notary's seal, which is 
> > > > >a criminal offense, at least in the US) which requires government ID 
> > > > >(again, at least in the US). 
> > > > The entire procedure is quite US centric. I don't understand why you
> > > > US guys are so fond of your notaries.
> > > A while ago, in an IRC discussion, it was revealed that a notary in the
> > > US doesn't mean as much as it does in Europe.
> > > AIUI, in the US, a notary is just some extra title a lot of secretaries
> > > have, so that they can make some documents more official.
> > That's wrong.  You take a non-trivial test, and be background checked.
> > The secretaries you are referring to are 99.9% of the time in law
> > offices and title-transfer companies.
> > For example, why see a lawyer, when all you need is an unbiased 
> > 3rd party to certify that it was actually you who signed that 
> > document?
> Oooooh! That explains so much.
> I was told to get a notarised form for a domain transfer before the domain
> registrar would release it. I ended up losing the domain (>_<) because I
> discovered that to find a notary in Australia, you have to go to a US Embassy.
> What you describe above sounds like what we call a Justice of the Peace...
> (Although we don't just get them in law offices, you find them all over the
> place. I think most states here have an online list of JPs who can witness
> things for you.)

I've always wondered what all the duties of the JP are.  Obviously
it varies from state to state.

Here (in Louisiana), the JP is part-time, can marry you, is a Really
Small Claims Court, and that's all I know.  And, it is an elected

I bet they are more important out in rural areas, where there's not
a 1000 lawyers and title-transfer companies in the phone book.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA  USA
PGP Key ID 8834C06B I prefer encrypted mail.

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Charles de Gaulle

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