What can be authorized with a notary public? Foreigners may realize that notarial services in Thailand are not as widely available as in other countries. The reason for this is that the number of lawyers who have been given authority to provide notarial services are limited, and to be able to access authorization, one must undergo professional training and pass it prior to being able to notarize a document. The Lawyers Council of Thailand has the regulatory authority when it comes to practicing notarial services in Thailand.

What can be Authorized

Once a lawyer is certified to offer notarial services, he is authorized to do the following:

  • –          Verify authenticity of signatures and documents;
  • –          Act as witness to signing of legal documents;
  • –          Certify the identities of individuals involved in an agreement;
  • –          Certify and attest documents;
  • –          Administer and/or affirm oaths;

Documents and signatures of parties in an agreement or legal transaction are required to be notarized to attest their authenticity. This is required to shut down the possibility of fraudulent Thai notary publicindividuals from submitting unqualified or tampered documents. The notarial services attorney also acts as a witness in favor of neither party. He also acts as witness to the documents submitted by either party and make sure that they are authentic, and that the individuals affixing their signatures on such documents are qualified to do so. Some documents need to be notarized for it to become enforceable and legally binding.

Some government agencies require a Thai lawyer to certify if the signatures affixed on such documents are authentic. Furthermore, some documents signed outside Thailand should be notarized in that foreign jurisdiction before Thai authorities will accept that document as authentic.

Even though Thai authorities neither require nor accept documents notarized inside Thailand, such documents are usually submitted to foreign authorities acting as if it were notarized under Thai law. Whether they should be handled as correctly notarized documents solely depends on the foreign law, but it is pretty unlikely that most foreign officials well understood that there is no Thai law providing for Thai notary public.

 

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