acte (akt), n.[French] French law. 1. An instrument; a proof in writing, such as a deed, bill of

sale, or birth cer-tificate.

acte authentique (akt oh-tawn-teek). A deed executed with certain  prescribed formalities, in

the presence of a notary or other official.

acte de décès (akt d<<schwa>> day-say). A death certificate.

acte de francisation (akt d<<schwa>> frangk-<<schwa>>-za-syawn). A certificate confirming

that a ship is of French nationality.

acte de mariage (akt d<<schwa>> mar-yahzh). A marriage certificate.

acte de naissance (akt d<<schwa>> nay-s<<schwa>>nts). A birth certificate.

acte de  notoriété.A deposition  made before a notary to record and  preserve a claim,  usu. to

property.  •  Historically,  most  actes  de  notoriété  were  conducted  to  establish  the  identity  and

genealogy of a purported heir. The deposi-tions were subject to exclusion as hearsay. But an acte

de  notoriété  may  also  appear  in  a  chain  of  title.  See  United  States  v.  Repentigny,  72  U.S.  211


acte extrajudiciaire (akt eks-tr<<schwa>>-zhuu-dee-syair). A document served by a huissier

at the request of one party on another party without legal proceedings. See HUISSIER(1).

l’acte de l’état civil (lakt d<<schwa>> lay-tah see-veel). A public document relating to status

(e.g., birth, divorce, death).

2. An act; conduct.

acte  d’héritier  (akt day-ri-tyay).  [French  “act of  an  heir”]  Conduct by  an  heir  indicating  an

intent to accept the succession. [Blacks Law 8th]