Your Cookies are Disabled! NationalNotary.org sets cookies on your computer to help improve performance and provide a more engaging user experience. By using this site, you accept the terms of our cookie policy. Learn more.

Can I Notarize A Will My Family Benefits From?

NNA Hotline Tip logo

My son’s former father-in-law is creating a will in which my son and my husband will benefit. I believe I cannot notarize because my family members will benefit from the will. Correct? — J.M., Phoenix, AZ

Not necessarily. In Arizona, Notaries are prohibited from notarizing their own signatures, as well as the signature of any person who is related to the Notary by marriage or adoption [A.R.S. § 41-328(B)]. The issue is not that your son and husband are named in the will. The real question is whether you would be violating the statute. While you once were related by marriage, you aren’t any longer and there is a question as to whether the statute applies in your case. Get the opinion of an attorney if you are seriously considering moving forward.

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

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call 1-888-876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT; Saturday, 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT. After hours you can send a message to our Notary experts at Hotline@NationalNotary.org, and you will receive a response the next business day.

3 Comments

Add your comment

Hector L Marquez

24 Aug 2015

Last year I paid $ 60.00 and you never send me a Full notary supply package

National Notary Association

24 Aug 2015

Hello Hector. We're sorry if you had difficulty with an order. If you need help resolving this, please contact our Customer Care team at services@nationalnotary.org and they should be able to assist you in resolving the issues with your order.

johnfotto@earthlink.net

24 Aug 2015

good information-ALWAYS

Leave a Comment

Required *

All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.