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Credit Card Industry Scrutinized Over Claims Of Robo Practices

By NNA Staff on August 28, 2012 - Major credit card companies are coming under scrutiny for poor recordkeeping related to bad debts that many observers compare to the “robo-signing” abuses that hit mortgage servicing industry two years ago.

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Notaries Challenged By Oaths Vs. Affirmations

By David Thun on August 28, 2012 - Notaries who took our August quiz on jurats generally demonstrated strong knowledge of the notarial act, but one question stumped more than half our participants — the difference between an oath and an affirmation.

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Courts Invalidate Mechanics Liens Executed With Acknowledgments Vs. Jurats

By NNA Staff on August 23, 2012 - Courts in two states invalidated mechanics liens against commercial properties because they were improperly notarized using an acknowledgment instead of a jurat.

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Federal Agency Seeking Comment On Sweeping Mortgage Servicer Rule Proposals

By Michael Lewis on August 23, 2012 - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking comment on a set of proposed rules designed to implement a wide range of consumer protections.

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Hotline Tip: Can A Notary Act As Both Wedding Officiant And Witness?

By NNA Staff on August 23, 2012 - What exactly is the responsibility of the Notary Public when it comes to performing a wedding, and what information should we supply on the certificate? Can the Notary who officiates the ceremony also act as one of the required witnesses?

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Legal Professionals Section Advisor: Malcolm Morris

By David Thun on August 23, 2012 - Malcolm Morris is a Professor Emeritus at the Northern Illinois University College of Law and a recognized expert on notarial laws and statutes.

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Avoiding Accidental Notary Privacy Breaches

By NNA Staff on August 17, 2012 - Any conscientious Notary knows that private client information must be protected. But are you aware that you might be violating someone’s privacy just by discussing their notarization in casual conversation? Below are some tips to help Notaries avoid unintentional breaches of signer privacy.

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Expert Predicts Jobs Will Increase Following Supreme Court Healthcare Decision

By NNA Staff on August 17, 2012 - Experts and government agencies have predicted strong growth in jobs for the healthcare industry. This trend will continue with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to an expert posting on the blog of a leading executive search firm.

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FBI Report: Healthcare Fraud Involving Billing Documents Increasing

By NNA Staff on August 17, 2012 - Fraudulent billings to healthcare programs are estimated to make up between three and 10 percent of the nation’s total healthcare expenditures, according to the FBI’s Financial Crimes Report for 2010-2011.

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Handling Improper Documents When It's The Drafter's Mistake

By Chrissey Ladd on August 17, 2012 - Notaries have been trained to decline improper documents. However, when their business reputation is put at risk by declining to notarize a faulty document requested by a high volume referral source, their position becomes precarious.

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