Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: How To Tell If A Patient Is OK To Sign By NNA Staff on March 02, 2011 in Hotline Tips When notarizing for a person with a serious medical condition, it’s important to carefully screen the patient for willingness and awareness to determine if they understand what they are doing. Medication, exhaustion, their mental condition or other factors could affect the patient’s judgment, making them vulnerable to fraud. While you aren’t a doctor, a commonsense judgment can make all the difference. A simple conversation can help you make sure the patient is awake and alert. You can ask about the document or even make small talk about the weather. If the patient seems clear, responsive and willing to sign, go ahead with the notarization. Any sign of grogginess or confusion is cause for concern. Reschedule the notarization for a time when the patient is more alert. 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.