Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: Notarizing For Disabled Signers By NNA Staff on May 01, 2010 in Hotline Tips If you’re notarizing for disabled signer, the best way to determine if he or she is capable of understanding the transaction — and is a willing party to it — is to engage the signer in a conversation. Notaries may also consult an expert, such as the signer’s physician or attorney, to help determine awareness. If such an expert indicates a signer comprehends the particulars of the notarization, you can use that recommendation in deciding whether to proceed, making sure to note the expert’s conclusions and your own observations in your journal. The ultimate responsibility for determining awareness lies with the Notary. If the comments of a physician or attorney about a signer’s awareness are at odds with your personal observations, you are justified in declining to notarize. Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.