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Law Updates

Mar  20,  2014  - Alabama
ID Administrative Rule (eNotarization) - Under the Idaho Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA), standards for implementing eRecording were published effective March 20, 2014.

Mar  06,  2014  - Oregon
OR Administrative Rule (Commissioning Qualification) - This amended regulation clarifies that in order for one’s practice to meet the requirement for a commission under the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts Section 20, an applicant for a Notary commission must have a “practice” of conducting a course of repeated notarizations in Oregon beyond a 30-day period.

Mar  01,  2014  - Nevada
NV Assembly Bill 74 - AB 74 puts in place a statutory framework for the registration and oversight of persons, including Notaries Public, who provide document preparation services. These services are used by individuals who for cultural, financial and other reasons cannot or choose not to hire an attorney to help them with their legal needs. The new law is meant to legitimize the proper offering of such services and also provide protections for persons who are harmed by document preparation service professionals.

Jan  15,  2014  - Iowa
IA Administrative Rule (eNotarization) - This administrative rule applies to certain notarized documents submitted into the Iowa judicial branches electronic document management system.

Jan  01,  2014  - New Mexico
NM Senate Bill 107 - New Mexico 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.

Jan  01,  2014  - Minnesota
MN House File 232 - House File 232 requires an individual signing a document as attorney in fact for a principal to identify him or herself as attorney in fact in the signature line by writing the signature substantially in the form provided in the statute.

Jan  01,  2014  - Texas
TX Senate Bill 651 - Senate Bill 651 clarifies that a medical power of attorney may either be acknowledged before a Notary Public or signed in the presence of two unofficial witnesses.

Jan  01,  2014  - Oregon
OR House Bill 2833 - Oregon 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. This new law does not apply to certain sensitive documents, including depositions, recordable instruments and attested affidavits to a last will and testament.

Jan  01,  2014  - Nevada
NV Assembly Bill 99 - Assembly Bill 99 introduced the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) as adopted by the Uniform Law Commission, but a significant amendment put forward by the Secretary of State kept only certain sections the Secretary’s office thought were most necessary.

Jan  01,  2014  - South Carolina
SC Senate Bill 143 - South Carolina Senate Bill 143 shows the value of having testamentary documents notarized, or in the case of wills, self-proved by attaching the affidavits of the testator and witnesses to the will.

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