I am Notary Public and we had the AGM of the Public Notaries Society of WA on Tuesday.
One item discussed involved a solicitor in Perth, who could be in a lot of trouble.
It seems that he has been purporting to be Notary, with his own “Notary Public” stamp, but he is not.
While this is an offence with a whopping $500.00 fine, there are wider repercussion because all the documents that he has purported to sign as a notary are invalid. This causes all sorts of possible loss and damage and he will probably in deep trouble with the Legal Practice Board.
If in doubt, there is a list of Notaries on the Attorney General’s website.
If you hear of a person who is going overseas and needs documents witnessed by a Notary, or needs to have documents certified by a Notary, I can assist.