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Legal Professionals

Robo Signing Fallout Continues To Hit Legal, Financial Industries

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.

Robo-Signing In Your Workplace

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.

3 rules for Notaries giving an oath to a signer

3 rules for Notaries giving an oath to a signer

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.

ABA President Warns Young Immigrants Against Notarios

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.

The Notary's Role In Depositions

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.

Thousands Of Mortgage Fraud Complaints Filed Against Attorneys

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.

Why Legal Professionals Must Take The Notary Stamp Seriously

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.