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Law Updates

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.

Jan  01,  2014  - Texas
TX House Bill 2918 - HB 2918 makes modifications to the statutory durable power of attorney from, which must be acknowledged before a Notary. HB 2918 now provides an instruction to the attorney in fact for how the attorney in fact should identify him- or herself when signing a document as attorney in fact. The attorney in fact is instructed to disclose his or her identity by signing the document in the following manner: “(Principal’s Name) by (Your Signature) as Agent (or as Attorney in Fact).”

Jan  01,  2014  - California
CA Assembly Bill 464 - AB 464 amends Civil Code Section 1188 to remove the contradiction between Section 1188 and 1189(a)(1) and requires Notaries to use the proof of execution by subscribing witness certificate exactly in the form prescribed by Civil Code Section 1195.

Jan  01,  2014  - California
CA Assembly Bill 625 - AB 625 reclassifies an inmate ID issued by the California Department of Corrections in the first “category” of written IDs that are acceptable to present to a Notary in Civil Code Section 1185.

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