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New Law Strengthens Thumbprint Requirement, Limits Proofs of Execution

By Kelle Clarke on September 13, 2012 - A new law recently enacted by Governor Jerry Brown expands the journal thumbprint requirement for California Notaries, while also placing further limitations on proofs of execution.

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Quiz: Foreign Languages

By David Thun on September 12, 2012 - It’s easy to get tripped up when a signer doesn’t speak your language or part of a document is written in characters you can’t read. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of proper procedures when encountering foreign languages in a notarization.

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Foreclosure Numbers Offer Mixed Messages

By NNA Staff on September 11, 2012 - U.S. foreclosure activity in July sent mixed signals with overall filings declining for the twenty-second straight month while new foreclosure actions posted year-to-date increases for the third consecutive month.

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Oaths Vs. Affirmations: Know The Difference

By NNA Staff on September 11, 2012 - Oaths and affirmations have the same legal effect, and either is acceptable when you are performing a jurat.

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Proposed Mortgage Rules May Put Small Lenders In A Bind

By NNA Staff on September 11, 2012 - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new regulations in the aftermath of the mortgage market meltdown that have caused concern among smaller community banks

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Q&A: Elaine Wright Reflects On The Global Role Of The Notary

By NNA Staff on September 11, 2012 - Elaine Wright, NNA’s 2009 Notary of The Year, loves traveling around the world and, as a dedicated Notary educator and Signing Agent, takes time during her sojourns to meet with Notaries worldwide. The International Section caught up with Elaine to discuss her recent trip to Australia and New Zealand and what she discovered after her encounter with Notaries Down Under.

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Report: Healthcare Privacy Breaches Are At Highest Level In Eight Years

By NNA Staff on September 11, 2012 - Privacy breaches in the medical field reached their highest level in eight years in 2012, and comprise nearly a third of all incidents reported so far this year, according to a report published by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

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Survey Suggests Physicians Need More Training In Electronic Records

By NNA Staff on September 11, 2012 - Nearly half of physicians using electronic healthcare records (EHR) aren’t getting sufficient training to use them effectively, according to a survey of more than 2,300 doctors conducted by the online organization AmericanEHR Partners.

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Why Legal Professionals Must Take The Notary Stamp Seriously

By By Michael Closen on September 11, 2012 - We sometimes forget that our seals of office serve a significant purpose. The seal is such a key feature of notarization that the Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility specifically addresses it, as follows: “The Notary shall affix a seal on every notarized document and not allow this universally recognized symbol of office to be used by another or in an endorsement or promotion.” This ethical obligation applies to all Notaries, even those in states that do not at present statutorily require their Notaries to affix seal impressions on documents, for several reasons.

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Worldwide Law Changes Impact Notarial Role Overseas, Could Impact U.S.

By NNA Staff on September 11, 2012 - Major worldwide changes to Notary systems are granting more powers in some regions, while decreasing privileges in others to make the Notary profession more competitive. While the role of U.S. Notaries tends to be more limited in scope than those performing the role elsewhere, these global law updates may have a lasting impact on Notaries everywhere.

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