CT House Bill 5513 | NNA

CT House Bill 5513

Notary Law Update: CT House Bill 5513

State: Connecticut

Summary:

HB 5513 sets restrictions on Notaries from performing immigration-related matters that constitute the unauthorized practice of law.

Signed:  June 18, 2013

Effective:  October 01, 2013

Chapter: Public Act No. 13-127

Affects:

Adds an as yet uncodified section to the Connecticut General Statutes

Changes:
  1. Prohibits a Notary from offering or providing legal advice to any person in immigration matters or representing any person in immigration proceedings unless the Notary: (1) has been admitted as an attorney under the provisions of Section 51-80 of the General Statutes, or (2) is authorized pursuant to 8 CFR 292.2 to practice immigration law or represent persons in immigration proceedings.
  2. Prohibits a Notary Public from assuming, using or advertising the title of Notario or Notario Publico, unless the Notary: (1) has been admitted as an attorney under the provisions of Section 51-80 of the General Statutes, or (2) indicates in any advertisement or otherwise provides written notice that the Notary is not licensed as an attorney in Connecticut.
  3. Provides that any Notary who violates any of these rules has committed a violation of subsection (a) of Section 51-88 of the General Statutes and is subject to the penalties set forth in subsection (b) of Section 51-88 of the General Statutes.
Analysis:
HB 5513 sets restrictions on Notaries from performing immigration-related matters that constitute the unauthorized practice of law. Instead of banning use of the term Notario or Notario Publico outright, the new law states that in order to use these terms a Notary must also be an attorney or clearly state in the advertisement or provide written notice that the Notary is not licensed as an attorney.
 

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