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Should I Add A Signer's Professional Degree To A Notary Certificate?

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When notarizing a durable power of attorney for financial management, is it okay if the Notary acknowledgment includes the degree “M.D.” is after the signer's name? — J.A., California

No, you may not include the degree “M.D.” after the signer’s name in the acknowledgment wording since you may only identify a signer as an individual, and not as a professional.  When completing a California form, the acknowledgment wording states the signer “acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies)…” Thus, if the signer executed the document as a doctor, the wording says as much without the title appearing after their name.

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