What is a Jurat?
If you’ve ever seen a document with the words “Signed under penalty of perjury,” chances are you’ve encountered a jurat. A jurat is a statement affixed to an official document verifying that its contents are true and correct. In other words, it’s like an affidavit but made in an official capacity such as court proceedings or tax documents. We will take a look at what jurats are and why they are important for legal documents. We will also explore what constitutes sufficient evidence for a jurat and how one can be used when notarizing documents.
What is the purpose of a Jurat?
A jurat is a formal statement that is made in connection with an affidavit. The purpose of a jurat is to ensure that the person making the affidavit is aware of the contents of the affidavit and that the affidavit is being made under penalty of perjury. A jurat also serves to authenticate the affidavit.
What is the role of a notary in a Jurat?
The notary's role in a Jurat is to witness the signing of the document and to ensure that the signer is who they say they are. The notary will also verify that the signer understands the document and that it is their free will to sign it.
What Documents require a Jurat?
There are a few different types of documents that may require a jurat:
-Affidavits: An affidavit is a written statement made under oath. In order to make an affidavit, you must first sign the document in front of a notary public. The notary public will then add a jurat to the document, which states that you took an oath to tell the truth.
-Deeds: A deed is a legal document that transfers ownership of property from one person to another. In order to make a deed valid, it must be signed in front of a notary public and have a jurat added.-
Power of Attorney: A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to act on your behalf. In order for a power of attorney to be valid, it must be signed in front of a notary public and have a jurat added.
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Are Jurats enforceable?
Yes, jurats are enforceable. A jurat is a sworn statement that is made in front of a notary public or other authorized official. The person making the statement (the affiant) must sign the jurat in front of the Notary. The Notary then signs and dates the jurat, and affixes their official seal.
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