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Understanding the Difference Between Acknowledgments and Jurats: A Guide for North Carolina Resident


Notarization is an essential part of many legal transactions, but it's not always clear which type of notarization is needed for a particular document. In North Carolina, there are two primary types of notarization: acknowledgments and jurats. Here's what you need to know to understand the difference.


Acknowledgments are used to verify that the signer of a document is indeed who they claim to be, and that they signed the document voluntarily. This type of notarization is commonly used for real estate documents, such as deeds, mortgages, and lease agreements. The notary public will verify the signer's identity and ensure that they understand the contents of the document before affixing their signature and seal.


Jurats, on the other hand, are used to verify that the signer of a document is not only who they claim to be, but that they also signed the document under oath. This type of notarization is commonly used for affidavits, sworn statements, and other legal documents that require the signer to make a statement under penalty of perjury. The notary public will administer an oath or affirmation to the signer before affixing their signature and seal.


It's important to note that not all documents require notarization, and even those that do may not require the same type of notarization. If you're unsure which type of notarization is required for your document, it's best to consult with a qualified notary public or legal professional.


In conclusion, understanding the difference between acknowledgments and jurats is essential for anyone who needs to have legal documents notarized in North Carolina. By knowing which type of notarization is required for your document, you can ensure that the process goes smoothly and that your document is legally valid. Contact Lake Norman Notary today to schedule an appointment with our qualified notary public.

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