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Do I Need To Attach Additional Information When Notarizing A Grant Deed?

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When notarizing a grant deed, does a legal description need to be either attached or typed in the body of the document?C.S., California

You are not responsible for the contents of the document except to review the document for blank spaces. If there is a space for the legal description in the body of the document, that space may not be left blank. Either the legal description or a notation, such as, “See Exhibit A” must be typed into that space and that exhibit with the legal description must be attached.

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Chad

11 Sep 2017

I am a notary in California. I know that I cannot sign or seal an acknowledgment form ahead of time and that I cannot fill in the signer's information. I have 2 questions" 1) Is it legal to prefill some of the generic information on the acknowledgment form (city, my name and title, strike through unused words/prefixes, etc.)? 2) If so, can I make myself a template that is already typed in to use when the situation aligns (making a form for an individual signer who is a male)? Thanks for the help.

National Notary Association

18 Sep 2017

Hello. There is nothing prohibiting you from filling in information in advance if appropriate. However, please remember that you should never sign your name or affix your seal ahead of time and should not provide unattached, signed and sealed certificate wording to another person.

Chad

11 Sep 2017

I am a notary in California. I know that I cannot sign or seal an acknowledgment form ahead of time and that I cannot fill in the signer's information. I have 2 questions" 1) Is it legal to prefill some of the generic information on the acknowledgment form (city, my name and title, strike through unused words/prefixes, etc.)? 2) If so, can I make myself a template that is already typed in to use when the situation aligns (making a form for an individual signer who is a male)? Thanks for the help.

melissa mayfield

12 Dec 2017

Very helpful info. Thank you

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