A Notary Public, also referred to as a Notary, is an admitted Legal Practitioner who has acquired specialised expertise and written a specific notarial practice exam. They have statutory and common law powers to prepare and attest certain specialized legal documents, administer oaths and perform other wide-ranging administrative functions of a national and international nature.
What do Notaries do?
In terms of the Deeds Registries Act, certain documents are required to be drawn up and attested to by a notary, for example, antenuptial contracts, Trusts, Change of surnames and notarial bonds (general and special).
One important specific service which Notaries can assist you with is the:
Authentication of Zimbabwean Documents for use abroad
Documents executed in one country and intended for use in another country must be authenticated/legalised in order to be recognised as valid in the foreign country.
Notaries assist you to authenticate documents and guide you in relation to the correct process to follow. This is the case with documents submitted in respect of study permits, travel visa applications and work permit applications for foreign countries.