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FBI Financial Crimes Report Reveals Growing Fraud By Insiders

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - As financial institutions implement the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement and deal with the ongoing foreclosure crisis, the FBI reports a “skyrocketing” increase in insider mortgage fraud schemes aimed at distressed homeowners.

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Keeping Cash Flow Crunch From Hurting Your Business

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - Many small businesses fail because they lack adequate cash, and almost every business — even highly profitable ones — faces periodic cash flow problems. Tage Tracy, principal owner of TMK & Associates, recently offered the following tips on keeping your business going even when the cash isn’t flowing.

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Liability Prevention Tip: Personal Appearance Is Always Required Even For Familiar Signers

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - On occasion an attorney or supervisor might ask you to notarize signatures of important clients without requiring personal appearance in order to avoid imposing on the client. If the client regularly has documents notarized, it would be easy to rationalize this request because you have previously identified the client and are familiar with his or her signature.

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Notaries And Prenuptial Agreements

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - Prenuptial agreements can play an important role in division of property during divorce proceedings, and any question about the validity of a signature on a prenuptial agreement can throw the document into doubt. The Legal Professionals Section spoke with Peter M. Walzer, attorney and certified family law specialist with Walzer & Melcher LLP in Woodland Hills, California, to discuss issues that may arise when notarizing prenuptial agreements.

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Notaries Questioned During Foreclosure Claims Investigation

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - Recently released HUD documents reveal that scores of Notaries were called on for questioning in connection with the mortgage foreclosure practices investigation which led to the recent National Mortgage Settlement.

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Q&A: Liability Prevention Training And Policies For Healthcare Workers

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - The Healthcare Professionals Section spoke with law professor Marshall B. Kapp, director of the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law at Florida State University, about the best ways for healthcare professionals to prevent liability concerns.

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Record Of Notarizations Mandated By National Mortgage Settlement

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - The nation’s five largest mortgage servicers now must maintain records of all foreclosure-related notarizations performed on their behalf by employees or third-party contractors, according to details of the National Mortgage Settlement released last month.

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Social Media, Smartphones Open Door To ID Thieves

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - Most Notary Signing Agents and small business owners depend on smartphones and Facebook to help conduct business. But social media Web sites and mobile devices are proving to be a boon to identity thieves.

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Utah Bill To Regulate Immigration Consultants Introduced In Senate

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - A bill introduced in Utah aims to regulate non-attorney “immigration consultants” and curb the practice of individuals scamming immigrants by performing unauthorized practices of law and offering fraudulent services.

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What To Do If Your Signer Speaks A Different Language

By NNA Staff on April 03, 2012 - Healthcare professionals are likely to encounter signers who come from many different cultures and backgrounds. And on occasion you will encounter a signer that isn’t fluent in English, making direct communication difficult.

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