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What Certificate Wording Do I Use For Credible Witnesses?

New Hotline Resized 3What type of certificate is needed when using two credible witnesses to identify a signer on a Deed of Trust? L.F., California

If the deed of trust does not already contain a notarial certificate, you should ask the signer to decide whether to attach an acknowledgment or jurat certificate. If the signer does not know, they should ask the agency that issued the document, or the one that will be receiving it, to provide the answer.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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