Lawyers vs. Notaries: What Is The Difference?

A person who studies law must know the difference but others are not well acquainted with it the term notaries. People having a law background are often thrown with this question of which there is not a one-word answer.

Notaries and lawyers, if seen from the surface, provide the same services for public, but there is a much deeper difference between these two terms than common people actually think. This article will clear the difference.

Regulations On Notaries And Lawyers:

Lawyers are regulated by the Legal Professions Act whereas the notaries are governed by the Notaries Act. Notaries and lawyers are government bodies which protect the public interest and ensure the maintenance of professional conduct.

Educational Requirements:

There is a different requirement of the education for lawyers and notaries a regulated by the law society. There are different studies which are required in the initial phase and different for years later on.

Any lawyer has to have two university degrees which can be broken down as an undergraduate one and then a three-year degree in law. This is what is imposed on lawyers. There are mostly cases where people start pursuing a law degree side by side the undergraduate process. This way is a common practice and allowed by the law society in Auckland.  A journey doesn’t end at a law degree, one has to complete the requirements of a legal training course which is a professional training. This is a required step if one wants to work under the guidance of other professional lawyers. Newbies are introduced for articling positions where they are supervised by professional lawyers.

Notaries must also get themselves two degrees. But unlike lawyers, these degrees are a bit different, as notaries along with getting an undergraduate degree must hold a two-year degree of Master of Arts which is done in Applied Legal Studies. There is a similarity between a lawyer and notary in the case where both don’t have to have a full undergraduate degree in hand before applying to the other half of the process. After getting the second degree done, notaries must serve another six-week program followed by a three-week mentorship. Education never stops for both of these professionals. Whether it be a fresh newcomer or an experienced lawyer, both need to maintain the annual education requirement. A twelve-hour annual program is necessary and regulated by the law society.  It is a simple case with notaries, well a new notary will need to fulfill 9 credit hours annually and an experienced one will need to fulfill 12 credits hours. The value of the credit hours is decided by the law society.

Key Areas Of Work:

Lawyers can represent clients in the courtroom in Auckland whereas notaries cannot. The legal work of both lawyer and notary is different, as notaries can give legal advice but can’t represent the client in the courtroom. Lawyers are eligible to serve in contracts and other estate administration issues-lawyers can handle any legal matter but notaries can’t manage any legal area though they can help in wills or transactions and matters like that. They both charge the same price.

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