What is an Acknowledgement?
The purpose of an acknowledgment is for the signer, whose identity has been verified, to declare to the Notary that he or she has willingly signed a document.
What is a Jurat?
The purpose of a jurat – also known as in some states as a “verification upon oath or affirmation” – is for the signer to swear to or affirm the truthfulness of the contents of the document to a Notary.
Difference Between an Oath and an Affirmation
While both oaths and affirmations are notarial acts that compel a person to tell the truth, an oath is a solemn, spoken pledge to God or a Supreme Being, while an affirmation is a spoken pledge made on the signer’s personal honor with no reference to a higher power. Either is considered acceptable.
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