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CA Assembly Bill 287

Notary Law Update: CA Assembly Bill 287

State: California

Summary:
Assembly Bill makes non-substantive changes to California’s statute of limitations for Notary Public bonds.

Signed:  September 23, 2021

Effective:  January 01, 2022

Chapter: 264

Affects:

Amends Section 338(f) of the Code of Civil Procedure.

Changes:
  1. Makes amendments to Code of Civil Procedure 338(f) that make the statute read better but does not change its meaning.
Analysis:

A statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum amount of time for a person to file a lawsuit. There is such a statute governing the time limit for lawsuits against a Notary’s bond and it is found in the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 338(f). It is a densely worded law, which perhaps explains the attempt of Assembly Bill 287 to make it slightly more understandable. Generally, this law states that an action against a Notary’s bond must be commenced within 3 years, but actions based on malfeasance or misfeasance must be commenced within 1 year from discovery or 3 years from the performance of the notarial act, whichever is later. In any case, any action must be commenced within 6 years, or it cannot be brought.

Read the text of Assembly Bill 287.

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