In common-law provinces persons admitted to the bar are sworn as notaries public. Other persons may be so commissioned by the LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR upon the recommendation of the ATTORNEY GENERAL. A notary may draw and issue deeds, contracts and other commercial instruments and is a commissioner for taking affidavits. In Québec the legal profession is divided into "notaires" and "avocats." Notaires draft or receive acts and contracts that need authentication, an important aspect of Qué CIVIL LAW. They are not involved in matters where a dispute exists between the parties as to law or facts.