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Hotline Tip: Do Witness Signatures Require Notarization?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesWhen notarizing a power of attorney, do the witness signatures also need to be notarized? Also, do I charge only for the signature being notarized, or should I also charge for the witnessing of the witness signatures? - B.B., Hawaiian Gardens, CA

When witnesses appear in front of a Notary, the Notary must ask the witnesses and/or the signers, if the witnesses’ signature(s) need to be notarized or not, as the Notary may never make such a determination. If the appearing parties of the transaction are not certain, they would need to speak to the receiving agency.

The Notary may only charge for the witnesses if they need their signature(s) notarized.

 

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Paula Turner

24 Mar 2021

I previously signed a document on the sale of my parents home after my mom passed away, me and two other sisters who were not adopted by the step father. He needed our signatures to sale the home the notary was not present when signing, is this necessary and why? Concerned...

National Notary Association

24 Mar 2021

Hello. While we cannot answer specific legal questions about your situation, we can tell you that in order for a signature to be notarized on a document, the signer must appear before the Notary (either in person or, in the case of remote online notarization, via audiovisual communication devices) to be identified and establish the signer's willingness and awareness. If you have specific legal questions about your situation, you will need to contact a qualified attorney for legal advice.

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