What is the role of a Notary Public in Costa Rica ?
In common law countries such as the United States the Notary Public is limited to certain authentication and certification acts. In Costa Rica the Notary Public must be a licensed Attorney and has broad powers to act on behalf of the government. The Notary Public is the recording agent of the government in the property transfer system.
In this video, attorney Roger Petersen explains the role of the notary public in the Costa Rican legal system and in real estate transactions.