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Lawyer vs. Notary Public: What is the Difference?

In many cases pertaining to legal documentation for real estate, property ownership, estate planning, and conveyance, lawyers and notaries are able to perform similar services; however, there is still a difference between the two professions, and knowing what the difference is between a lawyer and a notary public can help you to decide whose services to pursue. At Sidhu & Associates, we are a team of notaries based out of Abbotsford, BC, and we provide a variety of services throughout the Fraser Valley.

Differences Between Lawyers and Notaries

The differences between a notary and a lawyer are mostly found in the areas in which each profession focuses. Because lawyers are required to complete a higher level of schooling than notaries, they are able to represent individuals in all legal matters, including court issues and other contentious matters. Notaries undergo rigorous schooling to receive their certifications but are not required to complete law school and typically represent their clients in non-contentious matters. Since notaries have a narrower field of focus than lawyers, they tend to be extremely efficient specialists in the fields that fall under the purview of their profession. Notaries also do not get involved in litigation, but rather will handle documentation of legal transactions expertly and refer clients to a lawyer if litigation or courtroom representation becomes necessary.

When to Hire a Notary Public vs a Lawyer

If you are looking for representation in issues that pertain to property or other non-contentious matters, it might be more beneficial to hire a notary public than a lawyer. Although lawyers complete more school, their areas of practice will often be different from those of a notary public. Notaries tend to be most useful in issues pertaining to:

  • Real estate documentation and conveyance
  • Preparation of wills
  • Power of attorney
  • Representation agreements
  • Personal planning and matters of estate
  • Advanced directives
  • Notorizations

When looking to hire a lawyer or notary public, make sure that the services you require are within the focus area for the individual you enlist.

To find out more about the difference between a lawyer and a notary public, or to learn about any of the services we can offer to you, please contact Sidhu & Associates by calling us at 604-859-4825 or by filling out a contact form on our website.

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