A conformed copy of a legal document is the actual copy of a document that has been filed in court. Lawyers often have one or two copies of the same document, but a conformed copy has the court clerk's stamp and signature on it.
Lawyers frequently send documents to opposing counsel in order to further their negotiations. The documents sent between lawyers may be in letter form, or legal document form, but unless the document is a conformed copy, it is not a court document. Conformed copies are required so that lawyers will know that the document has actually been filed with the court and is not just a proposed filing for purposes of negotiation. Some conformed copies of documents are also certified. That is, they have an additional court clerk's stamp on them along with a second court signature. Usually this certification stamp is on the back of a document and guarantees that the document is an original court document or court copy of the document. When copying or handling a certified document, do not remove the staples from it. The certification may be determined to be null and void if the document has been dismantled or if the staple has been removed even for purposes of photocopying. All certified copies are conformed copies.Learn More
In legal terms, to "attest" is to sign a legal document. This signature indicates that the signing party was present for and bore witness to an event, most often the signing of a will or power of attorney.Full Answer >
A notarized copy of a document is an identical copy of a certain file that has been signed and certified by an official notary public to be a true and accurate copy of the original and without any error or changes, notes Torontonotary.com. It is also called a certified copy.Full Answer >
A letter of testamentary is a legal document, sometimes written before someone's death or issued by a probate court, that gives an executor permission to distribute a deceased person's assets as proscribed in a will. A letter of testamentary, in general, allows the executor to conduct real estate sales, banking transactions and asset distribution per the permission of the court.Full Answer >
A notary seal is an embossed seal or ink stamp affixed to a legal document by a notary public. The combination of the seal and the notary's signature serves as independent verification that the identify of the person signing the document has been verified and, in some cases, that an oath or affirmation has also been sworn or administered.Full Answer >