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NE Legislative Bill 1113

Notary Law Update: NE Legislative Bill 1113

State: Nebraska

Summary:

Nebraska enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA), allowing powers of attorney to be signed with an electronic signature, requiring powers to be acknowledged before a Notary or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments and granting an acknowledged power a presumption of genuineness. A Notary will need to know that a signer may sign the power of attorney or may direct another person to sign it for him or her. 

Signed:  April 11, 2012

Effective:  January 01, 2013

Chapter: N/A

Affects:

Creates as yet uncodified new sections in the Nebraska Revised Statutes.

Changes:
  1. Enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act as promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (2006).
  2. Defines “electronic” and ‘sign” and permits a power of attorney document to be signed using electronic means.
  3. Allows the principal to direct another person to sign the principal’s name on the power of attorney in the principal’s conscious presence.
  4. Defines “acknowledged” to mean verified by the principal before a Notary Public or other individual authorized to take acknowledgements.
  5. Requires a power of attorney to be acknowledged before a Notary or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments.
  6. Clarifies that the Act applies to all power of attorney documents except (a) a power to the extent it is coupled with an interest in the subject of the power, including a power given to or for the benefit of a creditor in connection with a credit transaction; (b) a power to make health care decisions; (c) a proxy or other delegation to exercise voting rights or management rights with respect to an entity; and  (d) a power created on a form prescribed by a  government or governmental subdivision, agency or instrumentality for a governmental purpose.
  7. Grants a presumption of genuineness to a power of attorney if it is acknowledged before a Notary or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments.
  8. Clarifies that a photocopy or electronically transmitted copy of an original power of attorney has the same effect as the original.
  9. Clarifies that a person may rely upon the presumption of genuineness of a power of attorney if the person in good faith accepts an acknowledged power of attorney without actual knowledge that the signature is not genuine.
  10. Clarifies that a person may rely upon the power of attorney as if the power of attorney were genuine, valid and still in effect, the agent’s authority were genuine, valid and still in effect and the agent had not exceeded and had properly exercised the authority if the person accepts an acknowledged power of attorney without actual knowledge that the power of attorney is void, invalid or terminated, that the purported agent’s authority is void, invalid or terminated or that the agent is exceeding or improperly exercising the agent’s authority.
  11. States the conditions under which a person must accept an acknowledged power of attorney.
  12. Prescribes a statutory power of attorney form.
Analysis:

Nebraska enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA). The UPOAA allows a power of attorney document to be signed and notarized electronically, requires a power of attorney to be acknowledged before a Notary or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments and grants a presumption of genuineness to a power of attorney that is acknowledged before a Notary or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments. This presumption does not apply to a power of attorney that is simply signed by the principal without being acknowledged. The UPOAA allows another person to sign the principal’s name on the power of attorney as long as this is done at the principal’s direction and in the principal’s conscious presence; however, there is no indication whether this person may be the Notary or an individual given powers by the power of attorney document.​

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