By National Notary Associationr—People are often confused about who or what a Notary Public is and can do. While requirements to become a notary vary by state, sometimes by county, generally their services are verifying signings. While they do verify signatures; they don't give advice about the documents being signed.

By Melissa Haley—There are some common misconceptions about notarizations. Some of the more prevalent are detailed below. Many people think notaries can review documents, discuss their contents and give advice. This is not the case. Most states even require their notaries to post a disclaimer on all advertising such as, "I am not an attorney in this state, cannot get legal advice or receive payment for advice."