We have encountered situations where a public notary has cut corners, often involving certifying on the basis of copy documents, without having seen the original documents. Typically, this is presented as a way of providing a more convenient and lower cost service.In reality, it represents a sub-standard service, which can cause problems for the client out of all proportion to any small saving made.
A public notary must view the original document and provide a statement to this effect as part of notarising a document. A public notary cannot make this statement if they are given only a copy of a document. A notary who does so anyway can get you in a lot of trouble. In particular:
At Australian Notary Services, we provide a careful and professional service, which spares you these headaches, at a competitive cost for such a service. Our public notaries will only notarise documents as true copies of originals after they have viewed the originals.