The Difference Between an Acknowledgement or an Oath (Jurat)
Two of the most common notarial acts I am asked to perform are an acknowledgments or an oath. As a Notary Public, I can’t really decide for you which one is best if presented with a particular document. In order to clarify which one you need, watch this video that explains the differences.
Oaths are used for affidavits (such as affidavit of death) or to swear that certain facts are true. The signer needs to appear in front of the notary to take the oath. This paragraph might look something like this: “Sworn to (or affirmed) and subscribed before me…”
Notary acknowledgement is mostly used on real estate transfers, powers of attorneys, and in general in all documents such as a contract, where the goal is to verify that a certain person indeed signed the document. The paragraph might look something like this: “The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me…”