Notary Public

What is a notary public?

A notary public is a licensed professional who witnesses the signing of important documents and verifies the signer’s identity(s), and their willingness to sign the documents, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. 

A notary public can also administer oaths or affirmations in certain situations as provided for by law. Notaries can also certify copies as true to the original.

What is the purpose of a notary public?

The role is to serve as an unbiased, impartial, third party witness for the prevention of fraud in the signing of important documents. They ensure that the signers of original documents are who they say they are, and that the parties are knowingly and willingly signing the documents before them.


Why do we need to notarize documents? 

Certain documents must be notarized in order to have legal effect. In Louisiana, these are referred to in law as authentic acts. An authentic act is a writing executed before a notary public in the presence of two witnesses, and signed by each party, by each witness, and by each notary public before whom it was executed. It does not need not be executed all at the same time or place, or before the same notary public or in the presence of the same witnesses, provided that each party who executes it does so before a notary public, in the presence of two witnesses and each party, each witness, and each notary public signs it. Notarization also prevents fraud among legal documents and contracts.

Notary Pricing

Basic Documents $50.00 (includes up to 3 documents)
Additional Documents $10.00/additional document

Note: Listed prices are for Lafayette, Broussard, Youngsville, and Scott.

Travel is limited to incorporated areas only. Customers needing service in rural areas or outlying trailer park areas are invited to schedule an appointment for our services at a convenient meeting place in Lafayette.

Types of notary services provided by the Guidry Group:

  • Acts affecting immovable property
    • Real Estate Transfers and related Acts
    • Partitions of Property
    • Security Agreements
    • Mortgages
    • Acts of Sale, Donation, or Exchange
    • Bond-for-Deed
  • Acts affecting movable property
    • Vehicles
    • Boats
    • Trailers
    • Motorcycles
  • Acts affecting persons
    • Power of Attorney
    • Affidavits of Heirship
    • Small Successions
    • Wills
    • Trusts
  • Business 
    • Certified Copies of Business Records
    • Lien Releases
  • Generally, any instrument in writing!

Be prepared

The Guidry Group is ready to help you with all of your small business legal needs. Be prepared by protecting your business. Contact the Guidry Group and let us know how we can help.