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Are There Guidelines For Notarizing For Family Members?

New Hotline Resized 3My mom wants to sign a power of attorney to make medical decisions for my grandma. Am I allowed to notarize their signatures? — K.A, Iowa

According to Iowa Code 9B.4, the answer depends on whether you or your spouse is a party to or have a direct beneficial interest in the document. If yes, then you may not notarize your mother’s signature. However, as a professional standard of practice, we recommend that you find an impartial person to notarize your grandmother’s signature. This would better protect the notarization from possible legal challenges

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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