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Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: Can My Attorney-Employer Serve As A Subscribing Witness?

My employer recently asked me to notarize several documents for a client who is competent, but unable to sign her documents. My boss, who is an attorney, has informed me that it is legal for the client's husband to sign for her as long as it is with her express permission, which he has. Nothing in the documents I’ve been asked to notarize expressly states that it is the husband that signed for his wife. Furthermore, I did not witness the actual signing. The attorney swears that he witnessed the signing and will act as a subscribing witness. Given the situation, is this a notarization I am authorized to perform?

Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate Rises Sharply In 2012

The National Association of Realtors reports a significant increase in the number of foreigners purchasing American homes, with Canadians, Chinese and Mexican home purchasers now comprising the top three international investors in U.S. real estate.

Guest Column: May Someone With Dementia Sign A Will?

If you or a loved one has dementia, it may not be too late to sign a will or other documents, but certain criteria must be met to ensure that the signer is mentally competent.

Housing, 'Robo' Crises Put Spotlight On Need For E&O Insurance

The collapse of the housing market and subsequent foreclosure crisis have led to an increase in litigation, causing people throughout the legal, financial and real estate industries to take a closer look at errors and omissions insurance.

New Russian Law Creates Nationwide, Unified Notarial Database

Russia last month enacted a new law creating rules of operation designed to improve the quality of notarial services throughout the country, as well as establishing a nationwide, federal database of all notarial acts.