What is the Difference Between a Real Estate Notary Public and a Lawyer?

March 22, 2021 | Published by

If you are a first-time homebuyer, it can be challenging to determine whether you need a real estate notary public or a lawyer to help you with your transaction. Few know the differences between the two, and fewer still know which are best to contact for help with the conveyancing process.

Luckily, both notaries and lawyers can help you with the vast majority of your real estate notarization needs. However, there are a few differences to note that distinguish the two from each other.

Differences in Education

The training that a notary receives is different than a lawyer. Notaries must obtain a Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies and be accepted into The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia to practice legally. This organization dictates the rules and regulations that all notary publics must follow.

Lawyers, on the other hand, require both an undergraduate degree and a law degree. They must also pass a provincial exam and article at a law firm for at least a year before practicing. All lawyers can practice as a notary public.

Representing Clients in Court

The most significant difference between a real estate notary public and a lawyer is that a notary does not represent clients in court. Notaries are strictly involved in matters where all parties are in agreement, such as during a real estate transfer.

While lawyers can appear in court—many that practice real estate and conveyancing are often strictly focused on that area. Those dealing with real estate-related litigation cases will usually have to seek out a specialized litigation lawyer instead.

Both Are Here For Your Notarization Needs

For any of your notarizing needs, both real estate notaries and lawyers should be able to provide identical services to you. If you are unsure of what services a lawyer or notary offers, don’t be afraid to call and ask!

As a lawyer, notary public, and Commissioner of Oaths, Morris Notary is always available to assist you with any of your notarization needs. Feel free to reach out to our notary public in Vancouver to book an appointment.