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Can I Notarize My Husband's Signature If I Work For Him?

New Hotline Resized 3I am a paid employee for my husband’s business. Am I allowed to notarize my husband’s signature?  — G.S., Pennsylvania

It depends. You may not perform a notarial act for a transaction or document in which your spouse has a direct or pecuniary interest (57 Pa.C.S. 304[b][1]). As an employee, you may perform a notarization for your company that is a party to the notarized transaction provided as the employee you don’t personally benefit from the transaction or receive a fee that is contingent on the transaction (57 Pa.C.S. 304[a][2].

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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