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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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The scrivener I would be glad of, if he is to be trusted.
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Scrivener, who returns to his native Australia next week, had hoped a recent run of three wins from four games would help his side claim a rare victory on their travels.
Scrivener said: "That performance was just waiting to come out.
Friends of Celyn" group in the college willow garden: (L-R) John Scrivener, Margaret Norwood, Sally Ward, Sylvia Briercliffe and Catherine Lynch
Palsbo hopes My Scrivener will be a less expensive and more efficient way to help a wide range of people, from children with disabilities trying to print more legibly, to Iraq war veterans relearning how to write after suffering from traumatic brain injuries from roadside bombs.
Scrivener is also accused of hitting Mr Martin with a golf club.
An early drop goal from Redruth fly-half Mark Scrivener handed the home side the perfect start, posting the first points of the season on six minutes.
His partner, Kay Scrivener, 41, also of Rutter Gardens, appeared before the same court yesterday on a charge of wounding Mr Martin with intent to cause GBH.