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January 2010

Battling Real Estate Fraud: What You Can Do

Notaries play an important role in the real estate closing process, ensuring that the people who signed a particular document are properly identified and fully aware of the implications of the document they are signing.

Guiding Principle III - Personal Appearance

While most state Notary laws are inconsistent in aspects like seal requirements, recordkeeping and mandatory education, there is one key area in which they are united: The requirement that a document signer and any witness identifying the signer be present before a Notary at the time of the notarization.

Hotline Tip: Avoid Being Sued

Most civil lawsuits against Notaries stem from three causes. Here’s what they are and how to avoid them.

States, FTC Cracking Down On Shady Loan Modification Firms

Steering clear of crooked companies is a top priority for both Notaries approached to do loan modification-related work and consumers offered a chance to escape foreclosure — and state and federal officials are responding.

The Legal Description Ranks Notary Case Among Top 10 Court Decisions Of 2009

A groundbreaking Illinois Appellate Court decision that mandated Notaries adhere to a standard of care that goes beyond state laws has been named one of the top 10 most influential cases of 2009 by The Legal Description, a respected trade publication for the legal, real estate and mortgage services industries.