Most people know nothing about Notaries Public until they require
At present there are only a few hundred of them in Singapore.
Although all Notaries Public in Singapore practice as lawyers,
their practice as Notaries Public is independent from that of
lawyers. Very few lawyers in Singapore practice solely as a
Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.
I am one of them.
Notaries are mainly concerned with overseas matters and with
the certification and verification of documents that will be
used in other countries of the world for clients who have business
or property overseas or who are involved in litigation in foreign
A Notary mainly acts as an impartial and legally trained witness
to authenticate and certify the execution of documents required
or intended for use outside Singapore.
Notarial functions under Singapore
attesting the signature and execution of documents
authenticating the execution of documents
administration of oaths and declarations
powers of attorney, corporate records, contracts, tenders
certify true copies of documents
international domain name transfers
The Notary’s relationship with a client is not the same as that
of a solicitor and client. When he is carrying out his notary public
duty he can be said to have a responsibility to the whole world rather
than only to the client.
A Notary's signature and seal is accepted as being the evidence of
a respected senior officer in all over the world.
My first task as a Notary is to identify the client by production
of a passport or an NRIC and then to ensure the person fully understands
the document before witnessing the signature and affixing the Notaries
Once the document whether signed personally, or on behalf of company
has been witnessed and sealed by the Notary (and if necessary legalised)
it is recognised as authentic in the country where it is to be used.