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Notary Bulletin

January 2013

Law Firms Closed, Sanctioned Over Robo-Signing Abuses

Law firms heavily involved in the “robo-signing” crisis of recent years are continuing to be held accountable for their actions, with a major Florida foreclosure firm closing its doors and a Maryland attorney facing severe sanctions.

Early Bird Conference Registration Closing Soon

We know you don’t want to miss out on the “Early Bird” special discount registration for the NNA 2013 Conference in Austin, Texas, but that discount ends in just a few hours — midnight, January 31.

3 Rules For Notaries Giving An Oath To A Signer

Administering an oath or affirmation is a serious part of the notarial process, and it’s important for you and the person taking the oath or affirmation to act properly during the process. Here are some etiquette tips to follow while performing this notarial act.

ABA President Warns Young Immigrants Against Notarios

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) top official recently issued a warning about “Notarios” who may try to take advantage of young immigrants following the launch of the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows certain undocumented residents brought to the U.S. as children to avoid deportation.

Housing Market Looking Up In 2013

Recent economic forecasts point to an expanding economy and increased business for lenders, loan servicers and signing agents. Freddie Mac’s outlook for 2013 projects that long-term mortgage rates will remain near record lows for the first half of the year, before rising slightly in the second half.

Prediction: Paperless Mortgages To Increase

Notaries may soon see a rise in paperless mortgages, driven by changing industry standards and new regulations, according to a recent article in the American Banker.