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Law Updates

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.

Jul  01,  2014  - Virginia
VA House Bill 492 - Virginia HB 492 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  - Iowa
IA Senate File 2168 - Iowa enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA), requiring a power of attorney to be acknowledged before a Notary or notarial officer and granting a power of attorney a presumption of genuineness if it is acknowledged before a Notary or other officer, and providing a statutory power of attorney form.

Jul  01,  2014  - West Virginia
WV Administrative Rule (Seal, Bond, Commissioning) - A new administrative rule clarifies the information that must appear in the Notary’s official stamp, and requirements for the “assurance,” filing a change of name or address and submitting applications for commission renewal.

Jun  30,  2014  - West Virginia
WV Administrative Rule (eNotarization) - A lengthy, new administrative rule published by the West Virginia Secretary of State provides rules to implement the electronic notarization provisions of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) enacted as House Bill 4012 in 2014. The rules are based on the Model Notary Act of 2010.

Jun  30,  2014  - West Virginia
WV Administrative Rule (Fees) - 153 CSR 50 puts into effect an emergency rule specifying the amount of the commissioning fee for West Virginia Notary Public applicants.

Jun  29,  2014  - Washington
WA Administrative Rule (eNotarization) - An amendment to administrative rules to implement the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act clarifies that an electronic notarization may be performed by a Washington Notary Public or any person authorized by the laws of another jurisdiction outside the state of Washington.

Jun  24,  2014  - Montana
Mt Senate Bill 141 - Senate Bill 141 allows a Notary to use either the words "Notary Public" or "Notarial Seal" in the Notary's official seal.

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