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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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Of course, these estimates assume that you're fluent in Japanese, know what you are doing, or that you have help, such as a Judicial Scrivener ("Shiho Shoshi") or law firm.
On our way Town fans setting off from the Galpharm Stadium are (left to right) Stan Frontczak, Robert Pepper, Andrea Lohmann, Chris Crabb, Richard Scrivener and Christopher Scrivener Town fans hit road to raise funds
Sad and frustrating is this destroyed literary record where, "Scrolls of papyrus and the thin skins of sheep / crackle in fire eagerly as rage and ignorance / flames all scriveners fear" (9).
Braga's registries of trade licences and property leases, Caminha's customs books, and Viana do Castelo's tax records all reveal a variety of ways in which scriveners kept accounts of the activities of the local citizens.
In the first chapter, Beal notes that clerks and scriveners were the object of satire and provides an appendix of twenty-four "characters" by contemporary writers such as Samuel Butler, from whom we learn that a scrivener is "the usurer's pimp" (203).