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Can Notaries stamp a document a second time to validate it?

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If a deed has been notarized and the person did not record it before the expiration date, can a Notary re-stamp it to validate it?E.P., Indiana

It is unclear what you mean by “expiration date.” We suggest that you contact an attorney before you or any other Notary re-notarizes the deed. As a Notary, you are not authorized to offer legal advice regarding what steps are required to ensure a deed is valid.

For more information, please see our article “Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law.”

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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Tamecia D Lathrop

07 Feb 2024

When it comes to contacting an attorney for notary issues do you call any attorney or is there a special type of attorney at law that I can google to add to the contact list ahead of time?

National Notary Association

15 Feb 2024

Hello. It would depend on the type of issue you need legal advice for.

20 Feb 2024

can I translate documents such as birth certificates from Mexico Spanish to English ?? do i need a special training ?

National Notary Association

21 Feb 2024

Hello. Please see this article for more information:

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