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Hotline Tip: How To Prevent Rushing Through A Signing

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesDuring a recent closing, a very frantic signer insisted on rushing me through the signing process, which resulted in a missed signature. Luckily, I noticed the issue before I left the residence, but this isn't the first time that a signer has tried to get me to move too quickly through the process. Do you have any advice as to how to avoid this happening in the future?

Remember that you are the one in control of the speed with which the signing process occurs, so you need to take charge from the start.

"My best rule of thumb is always make sure you do not allow your signers to rush you at any closing," advises Arizona Signing Agent Kathy Fletcher, the NNA's 2013 Notary of the Year." As Notary Signing Agents, we must be the one in control of the signing at all times. I always check each document after each page is signed and once again before I leave the signer's location. This procedure really cuts down on errors."

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. — The Editors

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

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