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Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize The Signature Of My Spouse?

By NNA Staff on December 13, 2012 - Can a Florida Notary notarize his or her spouse's signature if the spouse is acting as a Trustee but the Notary is not a party to the transaction?

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Malta Notary Reform Brings More Transparency, Efficiency, Quality

By NNA Staff on December 13, 2012 - As part of an ongoing effort to streamline and reform its notarial system, Malta is implementing a series of amendments and regulations designed to create a more transparent reporting system, standardize its service model, and ensure consistent, high quality performance from its Notaries.

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New Thumbprint Requirements For Real Estate Documents

By NNA Staff on December 13, 2012 - A new law in California, effective January 1, 2013, requires Notaries to obtain a signer’s thumbprint for their journals for any document affecting real property.

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Survey: Fear Of Identity Theft Widespread Among U.S. Adults

By David Thun on December 13, 2012 - A recent survey done for ID Analytics found that nearly half of all survey respondents have been targeted by ID thieves or know someone who has — and more than 70 percent fear becoming victims.

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Home Equity Loans Make A Comeback

By NNA Staff on December 12, 2012 - After declining for the past six years, Home Equity Loan (HELOC) originations rose 30 percent to almost $80 billion in 2012, the highest level since the start of the housing meltdown in 2008

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ID Thieves Use Stolen Data To Pose As Healthcare Professionals

By NNA Staff on December 12, 2012 - Recent reports from California found more cases this year of identity thieves who use stolen identities to pose as doctors and other healthcare workers.

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Palmprints And Photos: ID Security Or Invasion Of Privacy?

By NNA Staff on December 12, 2012 - With more people seeking healthcare services using false names and identities, hospitals are adding security features to verify patient identity, including palm print readers and photographing patients. While some observers see this as a necessary safeguard, others fear it’s a violation of patient privacy.

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Q&A: E-Mail Tips For Legal Professionals

By NNA Staff on December 12, 2012 - For legal professionals, courtesy and respect for a client’s privacy are essential practices in the office — and that doesn’t just apply to paper documents and oral communication. Etiquette and good judgment are also essential for e-mail communication. The Legal Professionals Section spoke with Dmitri Leonov, Vice President of Growth for the e-mail service company SaneBox in Los Angeles, California, to discuss important e-mail practices for Notaries working in the legal field.

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Tips For NSAs In The Aftermath Of Natural Disasters

By NNA Staff on December 12, 2012 - Superstorm Sandy has caused severe damage across large areas of the East Coast, and Notary Signing Agents there may be dealing with problems caused by the storm for the foreseeable future. Here are some tips and suggestions for handling some of the more common issues.

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When Saying No Is Not Acceptable

By NNA Staff on December 12, 2012 - One of the toughest situations you can face is being asked to notarize a document in support of something that goes against your beliefs.

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