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May I Notarize A Transaction Between 2 Relatives?

New Hotline Resized 3Is it legal to notarize a deed for my grandfather who is transferring the title to my aunt? How would it work if it was my mother being added to a deed?A.V., California

The Secretary of State has said the following about notarizing for relatives: “A notary public may notarize documents for relatives or others, unless doing so would provide a direct financial or beneficial interest to the notary public” (2018 Notary Public Handbook, page 10).

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Norma A Flores

10 Jul 2018

What do we do with our old stamp when they expire? Do we mail it to some one.

National Notary Association

10 Jul 2018

Hi Norma. Rules for disposing of old stamps vary by state. What state are you commissioned in? Also, for more information please see this article:

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