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What is the difference between a lawyer and a notary in Costa Rica?

Lawyer and notary are two different areas in the legal area. A lawyer in Costa Rica will always be in charge of legal advice for the parties. The lawyer can be an attorney at law and he can be an attorney at fact, representing the party’s interest in a company or specific business.

On the other hand, a public notary, instead of being a specialist in law, this person has been authorized by the state to record the agreements between the parties and their will to enter a specific business.

Thus, an attorney is not necessarily a public notary but a notary must have a law degree and be a practicing attorney.

General content provided by Javier Sauma at COLBS legal studio in Costa Rica.

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