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May I Notarize A Power Of Attorney For My In-Laws?

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Am I allowed to notarize a power of attorney involving my mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law? Neither my husband nor myself are named in the documents and will not benefit from this agreement. —  K.P., Massachusetts

No. A Massachusetts Notary may not notarize for a spouse, domestic partner, parent, guardian, child, or sibling, including in-law, step-, or half-relatives.

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