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Hotline Tip: How Many Witnesses Need To Sign A Grant Deed?

In Florida, do Grant Deeds need to be signed by one or two witnesses? D.S., Tallahassee, FL

In Florida, a mortgage only requires one witness, whereas Deeds of Trust and Quitclaim Deeds are required to be executed in the presence of two witnesses, both of whom must also sign the deeds.

Keep in mind, it is not the responsibility of the Notary to make the determination of which type of deed is being notarized. The responsibility belongs to the company that drafts the documents. If a Notary takes it upon his/her self to make this determination it could be considered unauthorized practice of law, which is considered a felony by Florida law. (FS 454.23)

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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