Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: Notarizing An Acknowledgment That Has Already Been Signed By NNA Staff on November 02, 2009 in Hotline Tips A common misconception about Notaries is that they are always required to witness a client signing the document in the Notary's presence. But that is not always true. Many states allow Notaries to execute acknowledgments on documents that already have been signed. However, a signer does need to always sign a document requiring a jurat in the Notary's presence. When a pre-signed document is presented to you for acknowledgment, it's a good idea not to take for granted that the signature belongs to your client. There's nothing to prevent you from asking, "Is this your freely made signature?" After all, it is part of your duties as a Notary to verify that your client signed the document willingly. This simple question might also spook someone trying to commit fraud just enough to have second thoughts. It will also help you determine your client's willingness and awareness. Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.