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Notary Bulletin

December 2013

2013 Notary Laws: The Year In Review

2013 was a light year for Notary-related legislation based on the number of bills introduced. But the bills that did pass were not light on substance.

Five Myths About Background Screenings Explained

Signing agents have asked many questions about the annual background check prescribed by the Signing Professionals Workgroup. Christopher Ballas, CEO of Backgrounds Online, answers questions about screenings and clears up some common misconceptions.

WWYD Answer: The Case Of The Missing Figures

On Dec. 19 we posed a scenario, The Case of the Missing Figures, about a Notary who was asked by a signer to notarize a promissory note that was missing critical information, including the final loan amount. The question is: Was the Notary correct in refusing the notarization, and what explanation should be given to the signer?

Countdown To Notary Of The Year 2014 Deadline

There are only 12 more days to submit your nomination for the 2014 Notary of the Year. Be sure to nominate any deserving Notary you know by December 31.

Hotline Tip: Notarizing Documents For My Own Business

Can I notarize documents related to my own business or is it a conflict of interest because I am the owner of the company? If so, could I have my husband perform the notarization, as I am a sole proprietor?

National Foreclosure Proceedings Hit 95-Month Low

The foreclosure crisis may finally be nearing its end. According to the latest report from RealtyTrac, foreclosure proceedings dropped dramatically in November, representing a 32 percent decrease from 2012 and the lowest number since December 2005.