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May I Notarize Copies Of A Will?

New Hotline Resized 3A customer has requested to have 3 copies of her will notarized. Am I able to notarize these? M.C., Virginia

Yes, you can notarize 3 copies of the same document as long as each document has an original signature.

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Craig Fromme

12 Nov 2018

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Frieda Hooper

13 Nov 2018

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National Notary Association

14 Nov 2018

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15 Nov 2018

I am a notary in Nevada. A neighbor asked me to notarize a holographic will. The Secretary of State's office told me you don't notarize a holographic will in Nevada. Furthermore they advised against any notary, not associated with a law office, to notarize wills since if there was a dispute, the heirs could and would go after the notary.


08 Jan 2019

wait a min. Above you stated that, "Yes, you can notarize 3 copies of the same document as long as each document has an original signature"... the question was ONE will and three copies of same. This is semantics, the way I would interpret it, the original will has an original signature. The copy is a copy and cannot have an original signature. Therefore, so long as you are presented the original will w/an original signature, and three copies with it, the copies can be notarized. Your statement above is not that clear. dw

Susan Butrymowicz

01 Feb 2019

In my previous career, the company produced a newsletter much like the ones you print. Since many of the directors used the information for training purposes, there was a system by which when we hit the print button, the individual subjects or articles would open and everything was printed which made for a wonderful reference and training tool. I realize we are trying to save trees, but some of us are still vey visual and find the printed word easier to work with than a computer screen. Perhaps your system also does this and I just have not been able to determine how to do it. Thank you.

National Notary Association

05 Feb 2019

Hello. In the top right-hand corner of each Bulletin article page, there is a "Print" icon that will allow you to print the article when you click on it.

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