Post # 1
Hi Bees – Quick question: We need to get our Letters of Freedom signed by 2 people we have known for 15 years. Then it has to be notorized. Anyone know if the notary has to witness the people sign it? If so, if the 2 people don’t do it at the same time, does it have to be notorized twice? Also, does it have to be notorized int eh same state that you are getting married? I am confused
Post # 3
@magilnyc: Really, it’s up to the priest and diocese in which you’re getting married, but in general, you can “notarize” it at any Catholic church or by having any legal notary stamp it. The notary does not have to be in the same state as the church or the wedding. The notary does witness the individuals sign the documents and the individual will present ID to prove identity (like a driver’s license, passport, etc).
If the two people live in different locations, I would ask the priest if it’s OK to send two different form and have them notarized separately and returned separately.
Post # 4
Generally when you have something legally notarized the signature needs to be witnessed. The whole point of having a something notarized is to legally signify or note that the signiture was witnessed. This way people can’t say, “oh no I didn’t sign that,” or, “someone forged my signature.”
I’m not sure how this play into your documents though. Do they need to be legally notarized or just signed? Best to check with your own specific church.
Post # 5
I don’t want to speak for the OP, but what I usually see are Freedom to Marry forms that have to be “certified” not notarized. The certification works like a notarization (it has to be signed in front of someone and stamped) however it’s not a legal document, so it doesn’t have to be signed in front of a licensed notary public. Instead, it can be signed in front of any Catholic cleric.
Basically it’s a form that has to be signed by a parent (or other person that has known the bride for a long time) that says that the bride has never been married to the knowledge of that person. The form is then signed in the presence of either a member of the clergy, or if a member of the clergy is not available, it can be signed in front of a notary public. Then the form is certificed by the clergy/notary public and sent back to the priest as part of the “premarital investigation”.
Post # 6
My Fiance just had to do this and in our parish, we were required to have the witness sign in front of a priest and one of us. Some parts of the form also have to be filled out even in front of the priest. Double check before anything gets signed!
Post # 7
I was told it had to be filled out in front of a priest. It takes 2 minutes to fill out, and it can be any priest, so I would just have it signed in front of the priest.