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Capacity

In the context of the Convention (see Arts 2 and 3), capacity generally refers to the legal authority to perform a prescribed function (i.e. , the role in which a person executed the underlying public document). Capacity is defined by the law of the State of origin. An Apostille certifies, among other things, the capacity of the person who executed the underlying public document.

Certified copy

A copy of a document or record, signed and certified as a true copy by the public who has compared the copy with the original record.

Codicil

A supplement or addendum to a will.

Coerce

To force into submission or compliance

Commission

A document describing the notary's appointment and term of office. South-African Notaries are apointed ex officioBy virtue of the characteristics inherent in the holding of a particular office without the need of specific authorisation or appointment

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