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Law Updates

Jul  31,  2014  - North Carolina
NC House Bill 1217 - House Bill 1217 raises fees Notaries may charge.

Jul  21,  2014  - Alaska
AK House Bill 60 - House Bill 60 enacts the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act, authorizing a property owner to transfer interest in the property to a beneficiary upon the death of the owner through a Transfer on Death Deed that must be notarized and filed in the local land records.

Jul  09,  2014  - Pennsylvania
PA Senate Bill 1001 - Senate Bill 1001 corrects an error related to the time for filing a Notary applicant’s bond, oath and commission that was enacted in House Bill 25 of 2013 (Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts), removes the requirement that applicants obtain a senatorial endorsement on their applications for commissioning as a Notary, and permits the Department of State to promulgate regulations requiring applicants for a commission to submit criminal history record information.

Jul  01,  2014  - Wyoming
WY House Bill 19 - House Bill 19 raises the fees Notaries may charge from $2 to $5.

Jul  01,  2014  - South Dakota
SD House Bill 1077 - South Dakota enacts the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act, authorizing a property owner to transfer interest in the property to a beneficiary upon the death of the owner through a Transfer on Death Deed that must be acknowledged before a Notary or notarial officer and filed in the local land records.

Jul  01,  2014  - South Dakota
SD Senate Bill 68 - Senate Bill 68 enacts the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act, authorizing a South Dakota county register of deeds to electronically record real property documents. The bill allows Notaries to use electronic signatures in notarizing electronic real property documents.

Jul  01,  2014  - Indiana
IN House Bill 1041 - House Bill 1041 adds to the list certain members of the Indiana National Guard who may take acknowledgments and administer oaths in matters related to the service of an active or reserve duty member of the Guard.

Jul  01,  2014  - West Virginia
WV House Bill 4012 - House Bill 4012 enacts the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA), comprehensively revising West Virginia’s Notary statutes. HB 4012 contains virtually all of the “stock” RULONA provisions and adds a $1,000 surety bond/errors and omissions insurance/professional liability insurance/commercial general liability insurance requirement for Notaries. HB 4012 also changes the length of the Notary’s commission from 10 years to 5 years.

Jul  01,  2014  - Virginia
VA Senate Bill 503 - Virginia SB 503 enacts prohibitions and penalties for Notaries who overstep their authority by providing legal advice on immigration matters and representing persons in immigration proceedings, prohibits non-attorney Notaries from using certain terms in a language other than English that indicate the Notary is authorized to give legal advice or practice law, and provides civil and administrative penalties.

Jul  01,  2014  - Virginia
VA Senate Bill 378 - Virginia SB 378 clarifies that existing Notaries may submit applications for reappointment as regular and electronic Notaries in person, by first-class mail, or online.

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