Notarize

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Notarize'

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.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Notarize'

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.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Real Estate

    Land plus anything on it, including buildings and natural resources.
  2. Mortgage

    A debt instrument, secured by the collateral of specified real ...
  3. Lien

    The legal right of a creditor to sell the collateral property ...
  4. Absolute Priority

    A rule that stipulates the order of payment - creditors before ...
  5. Free and Clear

    A slang phrase describing the situation of someone when he or ...
  6. Writ Of Seizure And Sale

    An order issued by a court that allows the petitioner (usually ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How does life insurance help high net worth individuals protect their businesses ...

    Life insurance protects the businesses and personal wealth of high-net-worth individuals, or HNWI, by guaranteeing their ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Which states are the most expensive for high-income earners?

    The most expensive states for high-income earners are California, Hawaii and New York. The tax rates assessed by these states ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the restrictions for naming a given individual as my contingent beneficiary?

    Life insurance is an important part of estate planning. It allows you to ensure that you can financially take care of the ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are the risks involved in a banker's acceptance?

    College savings accounts are excellent ways to encourage saving for future college costs. Contact your investment professional ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How do you mediate a dispute between primary and contingent beneficiaries of a trust?

    There may be a dispute between beneficiaries whenever the proceeds of a trust or other transfer on death (TOD) account are ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What is the difference between the death benefit and cash value of an insurance policy?

    One of the most utilized tools in funding an estate plan is term or permanent life insurance. Purchasing a life insurance ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Home & Auto

    Tips For The Prospective Landlord

    Investing in rental property can generate serious income, but there's more to it than collecting rent.
  2. Savings

    How To Open And Access An Offshore Bank Account

    You don't have to be a master criminal or billionaire to open an offshore bank account. This article will walk you through the process.
  3. Personal Finance

    Promissory Notes: Not Your Average IOU

    These may be a handy way to borrow money, but this convenience does not come without risk.
  4. Home & Auto

    Simple Ways To Invest In Real Estate

    Owning property isn't always easy, but there are plenty of perks. Find out how to buy in.
  5. Taxes

    Top Tax Issues For High-Net-Worth Individuals

    Wealth brings benefits, but from a tax perspective it creates special challenges. Here are some tax issues to pay attention to.
  6. Professionals

    5 Estate Planning Must-Dos Before Saying "I Do"

    There are many exciting things to look forward to when a couple gets married; not among them is putting financial affairs in order. Advisors can help.
  7. Personal Finance

    Which Estate Transfer Technique is Right for You?

    This article explains the difference between the two estate transfer methods -- a will and a trust, and the circumstances under which each can be used.
  8. Professionals

    Estate Planning and Elderly and Passed Clients

    By keeping up with new estate tax rules, financial advisors can help elderly clients save big on tax costs.
  9. Taxes

    Top 4 Ways to Invest Tax Free

    When you're ready to invest, start by looking at these 4 tax-advantaged ways to build your portfolio and your future.
  10. Taxes

    Are Taxes the Solution for Income Inequality?

    Income inequality continues to increase. Why? And are taxes the solution?

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Mixed Economic System

    An economic system that features characteristics of both capitalism and socialism.
  2. Net Worth

    The amount by which assets exceed liabilities. Net worth is a concept applicable to individuals and businesses as a key measure ...
  3. Stop-Loss Order

    An order placed with a broker to sell a security when it reaches a certain price. A stop-loss order is designed to limit ...
  4. Covered Call

    An options strategy whereby an investor holds a long position in an asset and writes (sells) call options on that same asset ...
  5. Butterfly Spread

    A neutral option strategy combining bull and bear spreads. Butterfly spreads use four option contracts with the same expiration ...
  6. Unlevered Beta

    A type of metric that compares the risk of an unlevered company to the risk of the market. The unlevered beta is the beta ...
Trading Center