What is a Notario Publico?

13 Jun

Notario Publico!

In Hispanic countries, Notarios Publicos are highly trained legal professionals akin to attorneys who provide legal advice and draft legal documents.

In the United States, however, Notaries are state-commissioned officials with narrow witnessing duties and much less discretion and are not lawyers; therefore, notaries in the U.S. cannot give any legal advice. Many unethical individuals exploit the confusion over these different roles to take advantage of unsuspecting immigrants.

Notaries public cannot post any sign, distribute any
advertisement or use the words “notario publico” or “notario.”
Notaries public who advertise expertise in immigration
matters also cannot advertise notary public services. A
California notary public’s commission can be suspended or
revoked for such actions. Notaries public who post signs or
distribute advertisements that do not comply with law must
remove the signs or advertisements immediately. (California
Government Code sections 8219.5(c) and 8223(a).) A first
offense for a violation of this law is grounds for the
suspension of the notary public’s commission for not less
than one year, or revocation of a notary public’s commission.
A second offense is grounds for the permanent revocation of
a notary public’s commission.

  •  For more information, visit the Secretary of State website at www.sos.ca.gov

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