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Becoming A Paralegal (Infographic)

By David Thun on March 19, 2014 - If you’re a Notary who's ever been interested in working as a paralegal, the following infographic from George Washington University provides a helpful overview of a paralegal’s duties, salary, training, and job prospects.

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Robo Signing Fallout Continues To Hit Legal, Financial Industries

By NNA Staff on April 24, 2013 - The ripple effect of the foreclosure crisis continues to impact the legal and financial industries, with a number of companies and once-major law firms now facing severe sanctions, or, in some cases, being forced to shut down their doors completely.

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Robo-Signing In Your Workplace

By NNA Staff on April 24, 2013 - While the mortgage industry has cracked down on “robo-signing” involving foreclosure documents, accusations of unethical document signings and notarizations continue to impact law firms and other businesses.

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ABA President Warns Young Immigrants Against Notarios

By NNA Staff on January 25, 2013 - The American Bar Association’s (ABA) top official recently issued a warning about “Notarios” who may try to take advantage of young immigrants following the launch of the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows certain undocumented residents brought to the U.S. as children to avoid deportation.

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The Etiquette Of Oaths And Affirmations

By NNA Staff on January 25, 2013 - Administering an oath or affirmation is a serious part of the notarial process, and it’s important for you and the person taking the oath or affirmation to act properly during the process. Here are some etiquette tips to follow while performing this notarial act.

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Special Notary Recordkeeping Rules That Impact Legal Professionals

By NNA Staff on October 10, 2012 - A well-kept journal of notarial acts is essential evidence of a Notary’s proper conduct, and the best defense against accusations of negligence. But some states have special journal-keeping laws that differ from the norm and that legal professionals need to know about.

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The Notary's Role In Depositions

By NNA Staff on October 10, 2012 - Depositions play an essential role in many legal proceedings and typically require the participation of an official who can administer oaths and affirmations, such as a Notary. But some states also permit Notaries expanded roles in the preparation of depositions. Before accepting any notarial request involving a deposition, however, it’s essential to make sure you have both the necessary skills and the legal authorization to proceed.

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Thousands Of Mortgage Fraud Complaints Filed Against Attorneys

By NNA Staff on October 10, 2012 - A “huge” number of mortgage fraud-related complaints are being filed against attorneys and law firms, according to the American Bar Association. And many of these complaints involved “loan modification” scams that actively try to recruit Notaries for illegal activities, a California State Bar spokesperson warned.

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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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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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