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Acte authentique is a French term which means a formal conveyance document. It refers to a deed executed in the presence of a notary public or other official and in presence of two witnesses with certain prescribed formalities. Once the signature is put by the vendor and the purchaser of the acte authentique, the purchaser gives a banker's or certified cheque for the full amount to the notary public who in turn hands over the keys to the property. Since the execution acte authentique makes the transfer of ownership absolute, it is always advised to seek professional advice from a law practitioner prior to the execution.