Elizabeth Gregg

Playa del Carmen, QR 77710
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Mexican Notary Public


In Mexico, a "notary public" (Notario Publico) is much different than what is referred to as a notary public in the U.S. A Mexican notary public is, in fact, a lawyer who is also a public official appointed by a Mexican state (or Federal District), or by selection after a rigorous application process and examination. Such an appointed is considered a delegation of governmental authority for the certification or official recognition of certain acts and documents. Mexican notaries are also allowed to practice law in some states. Their public duties and authority include authenticating facts which become irrebuttable, unless the notary is proven to have committed fraud; conducting title searches (not unlike many of the functions performed by U.S. title companies); acting as public recorder, and examining wills and contracts as to proper form. The position of notary public in Mexico is much coveted, and one acquires it only after years of apprenticeship under the guidance of another notary public. People who do business in Mexico will undoubtedly come in contact with a Mexican notary public when they incorporate Mexican companies, record certain types of contracts, buy or sell land or property, authenticate power of attorney, or engage in other business. The Mexican performs the legal tasks necessary to close a real estate purchase but typically do not offer to represent a purchaser or a seller.  For this reason the purchaser and seller should have their own attorney to review the entire closing process for their benefit.