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Can I Notarize A Will My Family Benefits From?

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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.

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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

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24 Aug 2015

good information-ALWAYS

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