Notaries in the United States vs: Notarios in Mexico

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Jonathan Pikoff a practicing lawyer in both the United States and Mexico provided us this article describing the difference between a Notario in Mexico and a Notary in the U.S. (Texas).

by Jonathan A. Pikoff and Charles J. Crimmins

I. Introduction

When you are told the Mexican Notario Publico will charge $3,000 dollars to make you the beneficiary of a trust on a Mexican beachfront condo, you certainly know things are different in Mexico. This article will clarify the misconception that commonly occurs when individuals familiar with the Texas Office of Notary Public encounter a Mexican Notario Publico.

Despite sharing a common linguistic derivation, these two titles convey vastly different responsibilities upon their respective officeholders. The differences between Notary Public and Notario Publico are profound; according to Texas law the “literal translation of the phrase ‘Notary Public’ into Spanish is prohibited.”i The intent of this legislation is to prevent…

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