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Law Updates

Jun  17,  2014  - Michigan
MI House Bill 4528 - House Bill 4528 repeals the registration, bonding and listing requirements of the 2004 Michigan Immigration Clerical Assistants Act, while keeping in force the performance standards and penalties enacted as part of the 2004 Act. The bill also allows a person injured by an immigration clerical assistant to bring an action for equitable relief or damages, or both, and, in an action for damages, the court would have to award a prevailing plaintiff the amount of actual damages or, if the court found that the violation was willful, 3 times the plaintiff's actual damages.

Jun  12,  2014  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 243 - House Bill 243 will now require Notary applicants to sit for a pre-assessment test that will function as a gauge for how well they will do in taking the actual examination. Commissioned Notaries and attorneys will be exempt from having to take the pre-assessment test.

Jun  11,  2014  - Washington
WA House Bill 1117 - House Bill 1117 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.

Jun  02,  2014  - South Carolina
SC Senate Bill 356 - Senate Bill 356 comprehensively enacts Notary reforms long overdue. It contains definitions for important terms that impact how Notaries perform notarial acts, clear standards for identifying signers, provisions for assisting signers with physical challenges and a lengthy list of prohibited acts, all which are welcome changes. There are also some confusing provisions, which may require attention in future legislation or guidance from the Secretary of State.

Jun  01,  2014  - Florida
FL Senate Bill 934 - Senate Bill 934 removes an outdated provision related to the Notary’s official seal.

May  28,  2014  - Nebraska
NE Administrative Rule (2014) - Section 64-119 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes authorizes the Secretary of State to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations relating to the administration of Sections 64-101 through 64-118 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska. Final rules were adopted on May 28, 2014 and cover matters related to the commissioning of Notaries, notarizing documents, refusal to notarize, changes in status, and investigation of Notaries.

May  05,  2014  - West Virginia
WV Senate Bill 3 - Senate Bill 3 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.

May  01,  2014  - West Virginia
WV Senate Bill 582 - A number of states still have an office referred to as “commissioner of deeds,” which here permits the commissioner who resides within or outside of West Virginia to take acknowledgments, affidavits and depositions inside or outside the state if they will be filed or recorded in West Virginia. SB 582 clarifies the elements required to be included in the inking-stamp seal of a West Virginia Commissioner of Deeds.

Apr  17,  2014  - Hawaii
HI Senate Bill 2229 - Hawaii enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA), 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.

Apr  02,  2014  - Alabama
AL House Bill 630 - House Bill 630 adds a $5 surcharge to the filing fee for filing a Notary bond with the probate court in Fayette County.

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