Your Cookies are Disabled! You must have cookies enabled to access secure areas of our website. Learn more.

Law Updates

Aug  09,  2013  - New Jersey
NJ Assembly Bill 3818 - The “federal E-sign” act and the state Uniform Electronic Transactions Act are intended to facilitate the use of electronic records and signatures in commerce by ensuring the validity and legal effect of contracts entered into electronically. Under the “federal E-sign” act, the definition of “transaction” specifically includes the sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of any interest in real property, or any combination thereof. AB 3818 amends the State UETA to include similar language.

Jul  31,  2013  - Iowa
IA Administrative Rule (Certificates and Sanctions) - The Iowa Secretary of State amends its administrative rules for Notaries in light of its enactment of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA).

Jul  19,  2013  - Arkansas
AR Senate Bill 1137 - Senate Bill 1137 creates a “scrivener’s affidavit” for the purpose of correcting certain errors in documents affecting the title to real property that are recorded with a county recorder. The scrivener’s affidavit is required to be sworn and acknowledged before a Notary or notarial officer. The bill contains a statutory scrivener’s affidavit form.

Jul  19,  2013  - Arkansas
AR Senate Bill 1013 - Senate Bill 1013 requires an advance health care directive to either be notarized or witnessed by two witnesses.

Jul  01,  2013  - Wyoming
WY House Bill 98 - House Bill 98 raises the fee paid to the county clerk for filing the first page of a Notary bond or commission from $8 to $12.

Jul  01,  2013  - Virginia
VA House Bill 2055 - House Bill 2055 no longer requires an applicant for a Notary commission to be a U.S. citizen, but requires an applicant to be a legal resident of the U.S., and authorizes the Secretary of the Commonwealth to revoke the commission of a Notary who ceases to be a legal resident of the U.S.

Jul  01,  2013  - Virginia
VA Senate Bill 1093 - Senate Bill 1093 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  01,  2013  - Idaho
ID House Bill 30 - House Bill 30 broadens the definition of “oath” to include declarations made under penalty of perjury. Such unsworn declarations do not need to be made before a Notary or notarial officer and do not apply to the taking of acknowledgments.

Jul  01,  2013  - North Carolina
NC House Bill 332 - HB 332 contains amendments to many so-called “curative” Notary statutes, which correct or validate certain notarial acts performed with defects or errors. The bill also addresses certain misconduct performed by attorneys who are Notaries and repeals the previous requirement that an applicant for a Notary commission must obtain the signature of one publicly elected official and submit the recommendation with the commission application. HB 332 also clarifies that Notaries do not have a disqualifying interest solely because of the Notary’s employment by a party to the record or solely because the Notary owns stock in a party to the record. The bill also clarifies that a personal representative of a Notary who is not a Notary does not have to comply with the requirement to notify the Secretary in writing of the Notary’s death and deliver the Notary’s seal to the Secretary for destruction, if the representative states under oath in an enforcement proceeding that he or she did not know the deceased was a Notary.

Jul  01,  2013  - Illinois
IL House Bill 1013 - HB 1013 authorizes the Illinois Secretary of State to refuse to attach an apostille to a notarized document in cases where sovereign citizens seek to abuse the legitimate use of apostilles. The bill provides grounds for which the Secretary of State may refuse to issue an apostille or a certification. Since sovereign citizens often attempt to remove an apostille from one document and use it with another, the bill establishes penalties for tampering with an apostille on a document.

Knowledge Center