Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary


1) A device that creates an impression upon paper, used by corporations, LLCs, and notaries public to show that the document is executed or acknowledged by the signer. Corporate and LLC seals include the name of the corporation and the date and state of incorporation. Notaries increasingly use a rubber stamp instead of a seal, since their print is easier to microfilm for official recording. 2) To conceal from public record. In some instances, for example, a persons arrest or criminal records may be sealed, meaning without a court order to inspect them they may not be viewed. (See also: expunge)