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Georgia Foreclosure Fraud Bill Near Approval Amid National Efforts

By NNA Staff on April 26, 2011 - A new bill that would expand the authority of prosecutors to investigate cases of foreclosure document fraud has cleared most legislative hurdles in the Georgia General Assembly and is pending a final vote in the state Senate.

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NNA Professional Section Advisor Spotlight: Privacy Expert Thomas J. Smedinghoff

By NNA Staff on April 25, 2011 - Thomas J. Smedinghoff is a partner in the Privacy, Data Security, and Information Law Practice at the law firm of Wildman Harrold in Chicago.

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'Medallion Signatures' Explained

By NNA Staff on April 21, 2011 - Notaries working in banks or financial institutions may be asked to provide customers with a “Medallion Signature Guarantee.” Often mistakenly refereed to as a “Medallion Notary” or “Medallion Stamp”, this request is not a notarial act. It’s a special type of signature guarantee provided within the banking industry.

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New Medicare Rules Require Written Certification For Home Healthcare

By NNA Staff on April 21, 2011 - Medical workers providing home healthcare have a new federal paperwork requirement that must be followed precisely in order for Medicare to approve the services.

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Notaries Must Focus On Information Security In Post-WikiLeaks World

By NNA Staff on April 21, 2011 - Following the announcement that online whistle-blower site “WikiLeaks” will release confidential data from a major banking chain, security and regulatory experts predict Notaries employed in finance and banking will see stricter workplace policies for securing and sharing sensitive data, such as journal entries.

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Q&A: Background Checks For Healthcare Professionals

By NNA Staff on April 21, 2011 - The Healthcare Professionals Section spoke with Ashley Hattaway, a labor and employment law attorney with the firm Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Alabama, on how background checks are used in healthcare and when Notaries may be involved with them.

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Q&A: Workplace Training Limits Liability Risks

By NNA Staff on April 21, 2011 - A strong workplace training program for Notaries can minimize liability risk at banks and financial institutions. The Financial & Corporate Sectionspoke with Russell Cruzan, a bank training officer in San Antonio, Texas, specializing in legal and liability issues, about the importance of workplace training.

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Survey: Many Victims Aren't Reporting Medical ID Theft

By NNA Staff on April 21, 2011 - Theft of a person’s medical information is a growing and increasingly costly crime trend. Despite the risks it poses — including financial losses and compromised healthcare services — many victims do not report the crime or take additional steps to protect their privacy

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'Free NNA Hotline Friday' Offers Glimpse Of Member Benefits

By NNA Staff on April 20, 2011 - On two Fridays in the coming weeks, the National Notary Association will open up its high-demand “Notary Hotline” to all Notaries — regardless of membership — to answer your notarial questions and guide you through difficult circumstances.

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Hotline Tip: Are Notaries Required to Keep Copies of the Documents they Notarize?

By NNA Staff on April 20, 2011 - Are Notaries Required to Keep Copies of the Documents they Notarize?

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