Notice of Understanding and Intent and Claim of Right
Many Notaries have recently been contacted by persons wishing to prepare a Notarised Document headed “Notice of Understanding and Intent and Claim of Right”.
They explain that they wish to claim the status of “Freeman on the Land”.
You can find any number of websites dealing with these concepts if you enter either phrase into a search engine.
Please note, I will not assist with these documents.
1. Whether or not there is any validity to these documents – and my belief is that there is none – there is nothing about them which will be validated by the addition of a Notary’s Seal.
2. To the extent that these documents are entered into by people with the intent of decoupling themselves from the tax and legal system of the countries they live in they are doomed to failure and as a Notary I will not be party to the production of pointless documents
3. Also, as a Notary I have sworn an Oath of Allegiance to the Crown. The documents may well be not only pointless but actually unlawful. I repeat, I will not assist with them
4. One should in any event be careful about what one wishes for.
It may seem superficially attractive to be a “Freeman on the Land” – self supporting, free from petty restrictions in parking or speeding or paying tax. Rather less so, I suggest, to be excluded from the benefits of the National Health or Education or Emergency Services.
In the Middle Ages, no person would wish to claim himself to be an “Outlaw”. It was an effective sentence of death meaning literally to be outside the protection of the law.
I do not think that this meaning has essentially changed; it is the Law that holds our human societies together and to place oneself outside the Law is to take a very dangerous step.
This craze appears to have begun in Canada. Now we have a clear and self evidently sensible Canadian Court judgment which will perhaps help to bring this to an end http://www.albertacourts.ab.ca/jdb/2003-/ca/civil/2009/2009abca0201.pdf