Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize A Document That Has Already Been Signed? By NNA Staff on August 30, 2011 in Hotline Tips I work in a nursing home, and I have been asked to notarize a power of attorney that a resident has already signed. Do I have to refuse this request, or can the resident re-sign the document while she’s in my presence? - L.P., Allentown, Pennsylvania It depends on what type of notarization you are being asked to perform and the wording on the certificate. If it’s an acknowledgment, the document does not have to be signed in your presence as long as the signer appears before you with the signed document. However, if the document contains jurat wording, it must be re-signed in your presence. Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST 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.