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Law Updates

Jul  01,  2012  - Florida
FL House Bill 7055 - House Bill 7055 repeals the authority of the Department of State to issue administrative rules related to authentication of a civil law Notary’s signature and seal.

Jul  01,  2012  - South Dakota
SD House Bill 1045 - House Bill 1045 defines a “no contest clause” in a trust document and provides that a no contest clause is enforceable against a beneficiary contesting the trust settlor’s signature when the challenge does not in any way constitute good, probable or reasonable cause, provided the settlor’s signature was either witnessed by nonrelative witnesses or a nonrelative Notary, or both.

Jul  01,  2012  - Georgia
GA Senate Bill 365 - Prohibits anyone other than a lender or attorney licensed by the State Bar of Georgia to conduct real estate settlements and disburse funds in residential purchase or refinance transactions.

Jun  28,  2012  - West Virginia
WV House Bill 4390 - West Virginia enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, requiring a power of attorney created under the Act to be acknowledged before a Notary or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments, and providing a statutory power of attorney form.

Jun  26,  2012  - Rhode Island
RI House Bill 7531 - Permits resident and non-resident certified public accountants to become commissioned as a Rhode Island Notaries Public.

May  22,  2012  - Michigan
MI Senate Bill 92 - Senate Bill 92 provides that certain durable powers of attorney may be signed by the principal or by a Notary at the principal’s direction and either witnessed by two witnesses or acknowledged before a Notary.

Apr  18,  2012  - Iowa
IA Administrative Rule (Seal Clarification) - This emergency rule clarifies that the seal of a Notary must appear on a notarized document.

Mar  22,  2012  - Ohio
OH Senate Bill 117 - Ohio enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, granting a power of attorney created under the Act a presumption of genuineness if it is acknowledged before a Notary or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments, and providing a statutory power of attorney form.

Mar  21,  2012  - New York
NY Senate 5672A - Senate 5672A prohibits a non-attorney Notary who advertises in a foreign language from using any terms meaning or implying that the Notary is an attorney licensed to practice law in New York.

Mar  14,  2012  - Washington
WA Senate Bill 5969b - Senate Bill 5969b adds a new section to Washington’s Notary statutes, requiring the Director of Licensing to develop rules specifically for the commissioning of spouses of military personnel who are licensed, appointed or commissioned as a Notary in another state and who have left employment in the other state to accompany their spouses to Washington, as Notaries in Washington.

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