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Do I need witnesses for these out-of-state documents?

I was sent to a signing which I thought was for property in California. But the property is located in Florida. Florida requires two witnesses, but since California is a no witness state, are witnesses still required? P.G., California

Yes. Even though witnesses for deeds are not required in California, two witnesses are required for deeds in Florida (FS 689.01). Without them, the deed cannot be recorded in the land records.

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Victoria

21 Feb 2022

Last count I had there are 5 states: Connecticut: Two witnesses required (one witness may be the notary) Florida: Two witnesses required (one witness may be the notary) Georgia: One witness required (can’t be the notary) Louisiana: Two witnesses required (neither can be the notary) South Carolina: Two witnesses required (one witness may be the notary)

Lorraine S Rudofsky

21 Feb 2022

This article would be much more helpful if you would list the states that require witnesses. Not just one,Florida.

LEROY NOTARY AT LARGE

21 Feb 2022

SAME IN STATE OF TENNESSEE

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