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Bulgaria, Italy Latest EU Nations To Open Up Notary Profession

By NNA Staff on February 29, 2012 - Bulgaria has become the latest European Union nation to open up its notarial services to greater competition. The action there follows legislation enacted recently in Italy to deregulate its largely closed Notary profession.

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Languishing Housing Market Compounds Small Businesses Credit Crunch

By NNA Staff on February 29, 2012 - The slow recovery of the housing market is hampering the ability of small businesses to obtain the credit they need to grow or even maintain current operations.

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Q&A: Opportunities Working As An Independent Notary And Paralegal

By NNA Staff on February 29, 2012 - Though many legal professionals work full-time for law firms and businesses, others choose to work independently and travel to offer services to clients. The Legal Professionals Section spoke with Angel Kavanaugh of Angel’s Mobile Notary and Paralegal Services in Beaverton, Oregon, about her work as an independent legal professional.

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Q&A: Universal Patient Identification

By NNA Staff on February 29, 2012 - With patient identity verification a key issue in the healthcare industry, some experts have proposed the implementation of a Universal Patient Identifier (UPI) — unique ID numbers associated with individual patient medical records. The Healthcare Professionals Section recently spoke with Dr. Bal M. Rajagopalan, CEO of the Beverly Hills Orthopedic Institute and a medical consultant for ABC News, to get his thoughts on the UPI issue.

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Survey: Careless Employees A Major Cause Of Healthcare Privacy Breaches

By NNA Staff on February 29, 2012 - Careless employees were named as one of the most serious threats to healthcare information privacy in a survey of smaller healthcare organizations conducted by the Ponemon Institute.

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The Seven Words That Can Save A Business Meeting Gone Bad

By NNA Staff on February 29, 2012 - Just about every entrepreneur has experienced a business meeting or sales pitch that somehow went wrong. You can keep trying to make your point — and likely lose a client. Or, says best-selling business writer Andrew Sobel, you can try seven little words.

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When Not To Notarize A Healthcare Document

By NNA Staff on February 29, 2012 - Healthcare documents that can affect a patient’s wishes — such as powers of attorney — can significantly impact the signer’s medical treatment and finances. To ensure critical healthcare documents are not used to exploit the signer, Notaries should never to notarize under the following conditions ...

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Forecasted Foreclosure Rise Comes With Increased Scrutiny Of Notarizations

By NNA Staff on February 28, 2012 - As banks process the backlog of foreclosures that have been shelved for the last eighteen months, Notaries will increasingly be called on to perform more transactions.

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Hotline Tip: Is The Signer's Presence Necessary For Me To Complete The Notarization?

By NNA Staff on February 28, 2012 - If I have already recorded the signer’s signature, thumbprint, identification, and document information in my journal, am I required to affix the Notary seal or stamp in the signer’s presence, or can I complete this part of the notarization later?

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Three Flawed Notary Practices That Put You At Risk

By NNA Staff on February 28, 2012 - Flawed Notary practices can put you at serious risk. No matter how urgently a document needs to be notarized, or how demanding a client or employer is, violating the essential rules of notarization leaves you exposed to lawsuits.

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