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May A Notary Also Act As A Document Witness For A Will?

New Hotline Resized 3Can I notarize a will and power of attorney and also sign as the witness?F.L., Texas

You may notarize a will or power of attorney if a Notary certificate is provided or you are directed by the signer. Next, while acting as both a witness and Notary is not specifically prohibited in Texas, it is always best to be one or the other and not both. Some documents require the witness to be named in the document itself. If a Notary were named in the document as a witness, it could potentially be a conflict of interest for the Notary to then notarize the signatures on the document.

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Dale Michelson

14 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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James

15 May 2018

It's my understanding that when you act as a witness to a signing, you're acting as a private citizen, not as a notary; and it's therefore inappropriate to act as both within the same document, therefore, you can't be a regular witness AND a notary in the same document.

Barbara Holland

14 Aug 2018

Florida - James, you make an excellent point however the legislature apparently has not figured that out. I can be a witness to any document EXCEPT a Will. Florida's wills are self-proving. The signatures of the witnesses are also notarized .

Judy Hayes

14 Aug 2018

It would NOT be appropriate for a Notary to also be a witness on a Will in Florida if the will is a self-proving will (which most are now). The self-proving will has the Notary attesting to the fact that the witnesses are signing, therefore the two witnesses must be independent from the Notary.

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