The act of officially certifying a legal document by a notary public. The purpose of having a legal document notarized is to ensure the authenticity of the signatures that appear on the document. Once notarized, a document will have much more legal credibility and will stand up much better in court if it is ever challenged.

It is a common practice to notarize legal documents that deal with serious matters or that are intended to represent transactions of substantial monetary value. Deeds prepared in the course of real estate transactions are commonly notarized so that both parties have an added level of security that the transaction will hold up if ever legally challenged, or if one party attempts to escape the terms of the transaction at a later date.

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  • notarize — no·ta·rize / nō tə ˌrīz/ vt rized, riz·ing: to acknowledge or attest as notary public notarize a document Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. notarize …   Law dictionary

  • notarize — no‧ta‧rize [ˈnəʊtəraɪz ǁ ˈnoʊ ] also notarise verb [transitive] LAW to be present when a document is signed, and sign it yourself to show this, so that it is official or legal: • Where can I get my will notarized? * * * notarize UK US (UK a …   Financial and business terms

  • notarize — (v.) 1935, from NOTARY (Cf. notary) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Notarized; notarizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • notarize — (Amer.) no·ta·rize || nəʊtÉ™raɪz v. legalize with a stamp of a notary public, authenticate or attest to as a notary public (also notarise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • notarize — [v] certify attest, authenticate, document, endorse, register, sign and seal, swear, validate, verify, witness; concepts 50,88 …   New thesaurus

  • notarize — ☆ notarize [nōt′ə rīz΄ ] vt. notarized, notarizing to certify or attest (a document) as a notary public, esp. with a signature seal notarization n …   English World dictionary

  • notarize — transitive verb ( rized; rizing) Date: 1926 to acknowledge or attest as a notary public …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • notarize — notarization, n. /noh teuh ruyz /, v.t., notarized, notarizing. to certify (a document, contract, etc.) or cause to become certified through a notary public. Also, esp. Brit., notarise. [1925 30; NOTAR(Y) + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • notarize — verb to be witness of the authenticity of a document and its accompanying signatures in ones capacity as notary public …   Wiktionary

  • notarize — Synonyms and related words: OK, accept, accredit, affirm, amen, approve, authenticate, authorize, autograph, certify, confirm, cosign, countersign, endorse, give permission, give the go ahead, give the imprimatur, give thumbs up, initial, pass,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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