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Hotline Tip: Can Documents Be Notarized After The Signing?

By NNA Staff on April 18, 2013 - A Notary Signing Agent colleague recently admitted to me that in order to save time, she does not notarize documents while at the actual signing, but does so later, before she ships the documents. Is this an acceptable practice?

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Mortgage Fraud Index Drops To Five-Year Low

By Kelle Clarke on April 18, 2013 - While the news is promising, experts believe the fourth quarter drop is likely a temporary one, with activity already warming up again in the first quarter of 2013.

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States Still Falling Short On REAL ID Requirements

By NNA Staff on April 18, 2013 - The deadline for states to adopt REAL ID standards passed on January 15, 2013, and three quarters of U.S. states still fall short of the new requirements. Only 13 states currently issue driver’s licenses and other IDs that comply with the enhanced security standards, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Quiz: E and O

By David Thun on April 13, 2013 - Knowing what your Errors and Omissions policy covers is an important part of keeping yourself safe from liability. Take our quiz and see if you can separate the E&O facts from fiction.

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Common Signing Professional Errors

By Kelle Clarke on April 11, 2013 - The Notary Bulletin recently reached out to NSAs via social media to ask about their experiences and get their advice on how to avoid, prevent or resolve some of the more common errors.

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Hotline Tip: Are Notary Fees Tax-Exempt?

By NNA Staff on April 11, 2013 - According to the instructor of my Notary training course, the Notary fees I collect for notarizing jurats and acknowledgments are tax-exempt, but my tax preparer says he could find no such exemption. Who is correct?

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New Laws Clarify Notary's Role In Real Estate Transactions

By David Thun on April 11, 2013 - States continue to define the role of Notaries in the real estate process with three recently enacted statutes — a Utah law that clarifies the function of Notary Signing Agents, and new laws in New Mexico and the District of Columbia that allow a homeowner to transfer property upon death to a beneficiary using a notarized document.

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NNA Offers Condolences To Friend Of The Association

By Michael Lewis on April 11, 2013 - The staff of the National Notary Association offers its heartfelt condolences to our good friend Thomas Smedinghoff and his family after the loss of his daughter Anne, a young diplomat who was one of five Americans killed in Afghanistan on April 6.

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Avoid Bringing 'Branded' Office Supplies To A Loan Signing

By David Thun on April 04, 2013 - Well-prepared Notary Signing Agents often bring pens, sticky notes and other tools with them on assignment. But be careful if there’s a brand name on your items — some lenders don’t want loan signing professionals using supplies with a competitor’s logo printed on them.

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Hotline Tip: How Much Can I Charge As A Mobile Notary?

By NNA Staff on April 04, 2013 - I’ve been working as a Notary at my job for several years, and I’ve recently decided to get more out of my commission by becoming a mobile Notary. How much am I allowed to charge for a signing, if the notarization includes travel, photocopies, or other services?

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