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UT Senate Bill 166

Notary Law Update: UT Senate Bill 166

State: Utah

Summary:

Senate Bill 166 classifies offenses related to immigration advertising and the unauthorized practice of law as class B misdemeanors, punishable by imprisonment up to 6 months, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

Signed:  March 08, 2007

Effective:  April 30, 2007

Chapter: 95

Affects:

Amends 46-1-11 and 46-1-18 of the Utah Code Annotated

Changes:
  1. Makes it a class B misdemeanor for a nonattorney-Notary to: (a) give advice or counsel on legal documents or proceedings, including immigration matters; (b) when advertising in a foreign language, fail to include the notice required by law that one is not an attorney and the fees a Notary may charge for notarial services, in both English and the foreign language and in letters of a conspicuous size; and (c) literally translate the phrase “Notary Public” into a language other than English if the translation implies that the Notary is an attorney.
  2. Makes other technical changes.
Analysis:

Utah has for some time had laws prohibiting nonattorney-Notaries from engaging in practices which constitute the unauthorized practice of law and preying upon the immigrant community through deceptive foreign language advertisements. Senate Bill 166 classifies these offenses as class B misdemeanors, punishable by imprisonment up to 6 months, a fine of up to $1,000, or both (UCA 76-3-204 and 76-3-301).

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