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Law Updates

Jan  01,  2012  - California
CA Assembly Bill 75 - Assembly Bill 75 prohibits the performance of proofs of execution on a power of attorney or any other document for which a journal thumbprint is required. It also updates the statutory proof of execution certificate. It limits the performance of protests to those Notaries employed by a financial institution and who perform protests during the course of their employment and removes the statutory fees for performing a protest.

Jan  01,  2012  - Michigan
MI Senate Bill 252 - Senate Bill 252 institutes tougher criminal penalties for knowingly notarizing real property and mortgage transactions in violation of Michigan’s Notary Public Act.

Jan  01,  2012  - Michigan
MI Senate Bill 43 - Senate Bill 43 sets in statute a robust definition of residential mortgage fraud for the first time in Michigan, a state hit hard by such fraud in the last five years.

Jan  01,  2012  - Michigan
MI House Bill 4462 - House Bill 4462 is another new law aimed at punishing persons who knowingly commit real property crimes. Under the new law, a person who falsely makes or utters or publishes as true, forges or counterfeits a deed, discharge of mortgage or a power or letter of attorney or any document that affects an interest in real property with intent to defraud another person may be prosecuted of a felony and sentenced to prison for up to 14 years.

Jan  01,  2012  - Michigan
MI House Bill 4492 - House Bill 4492 enacts sentencing guidelines for various criminal acts including two specific Notary-related offenses, performing a notarial act while the commission is revoked, and violating the Michigan Notary Public Act in a transaction involving conveyance of interest in real property.

Oct  22,  2011  - Washington
WA Senate Bill 5023 - Senate Bill 5023 contains extensive prohibitions against nonlawyers and other unauthorized persons from providing legal immigration-related services, including provisions forbidding a person who is not an attorney from representing that he or she is a Notario Publico, Notario, or immigration assistant, consultant or specialist. The bill also specifically prohibits a nonattorney Washington Notary from using these terms when advertising Notary services.

Oct  20,  2011  - Michigan
MI Senate Bill 251 - Senate Bill 251 puts in place a statute of limitations for certain real property transactions involving mortgage fraud, false pretenses, forgery and “uttering or publishing an instrument affecting an interest in real property.”

Oct  01,  2011  - Montana
MT Senate Bill 95 - Senate Bill 95 exempts a Notary seal impression made with an embosser on a document with an acknowledgment certificate from the minimum margin formatting requirements for documents submitted to the office of a county recorder as stipulated by statute.

Oct  01,  2011  - Nevada
NV Assembly Bill 88 - Nevada enacts the Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act (UUFDA). The UUFDA permits a person living or traveling outside of the U.S. who must sign a sworn statement to make the statement under penalty of perjury without having to appear before a Notary or U.S. consular officer to take an oath or affirmation.

Oct  01,  2011  - Mississippi
MS House Bill 606 - Mississippi now gives motorists the option of applying for a 4-year or new 8-year license to operate a motor vehicle. All Notaries should be aware that effective October 1, 2011, some Mississippi driver’s licenses presented as satisfactory evidence of identity may be valid for 8 years.

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