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n. a person who writes a document for another, usually for a fee. If a lawyer merely writes out the terms of a lease or contract exactly as requested by the client, without giving legal advice, then the lawyer is just a scrivener and is probably not responsible for legal errors (unless they were so obvious as to warrant comment). A non-lawyer may act as a scrivener without getting in trouble for practicing law without a license.

See: amanuensis, clerk, notary public

SCRIVENER. A person whose, business it is to write deeds and other instruments for others; a conveyancer.
     2. Money scriveners are those who are engaged in procuring money to be lent on mortgages and other securities, and lending such money accordingly. They act also as agents for the purchase and sale of real estates.
     3. To be considered a money scrivener, a person must be concerned in carrying on the trade or profession as a means of making a livelihood. He must in the course of his occupation receive other men's moneys into his trust and custody, to lay out for them as occasion offers. 3 Camp. R. 538; 2 Esp. Cas. 555.

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Ali of the new cases he now saw required an additional scrivener in his office, while the extra cash made "the easiest way" even easier.
This attitude of self-importance is attenuated again when the lawyer asks the scrivener to take some letters to the post office, hoping Bartleby may have changed his mind about consistently preferring not to run a single errand.
Secondly, if the scrivener were to have suffered vision impairment, the likelihood of its being "temporary" seems considerably small.
He assumes that when be returns to the office the following day, the scrivener will be gone; though doubt begins to creep in, when he realizes his assumptions do not have the power to transform reality.
What is certain is that such factors as work, gender, family, rank, wealth, and identity were intricately connected, though regional differences, changes over time, and the role of the scrivener must also be taken into account.
In reference to the above-noted pelas, authorities in Braga always noted bakers in the feminine form, with the sole exception of an entry on 10 May 1561, at which time the scrivener wrote that as padeiros or male bakers had to do the pelas.
Note also that the scrivener recorded the trade for the male applicant but not for the two female.
The practice also seems to have varied according to region, scrivener, and nature of the document in question.