New public notary for Bundaberg

BUNDABERG solicitor Tony Ryan has become the city's second public notary.
Mr Ryan has been a solicitor for 27 years, 16 of those at Payne Butler Lang, and saw a need in the Bundaberg community.
"Don Hurwood is a retired solicitor and, now that he is not in private practice, I thought someone should step in,"; Mr Ryan said.
"They usually only allow one or two in an area.";
A public notary is appointed for life and has statutory powers to witness documents, administer oaths and perform other wide-ranging administrative functions, both national and international in nature.
While Justices of the Peace provide a similar service, they are not permitted to witness documents for use in a foreign country, whereas a notary has this duty exclusively.
Mr Ryan said principally a public notary was used to witness documents and other items for foreign countries, items for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as being an international witness and matters of international law.
One of the more interesting tasks that Mr Ryan said he could be called upon to do was prepare a ship's protest.
"If there is damage to a ship or a dispute, they need to go to the next available port,"; he said.
Mr Ryan said he was drawn to the role as a service to the community,
"We adopted four children and we had to send documents to Korea,"; he said.
"Don was good enough to do that for us.";
In Queensland, public notaries are appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, while in other states and territories the appointment is made by the state's supreme court.
Mr Ryan said he was required to provide multiple references, which included four solicitors, 20 businesses and two current notaries.
"I then had to swear an oath before a supreme court judge, which I did three weeks ago,"; he said.
To make an appointment to see Mr Ryan, call Payne Butler Lang on 4132 8900.

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