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Can a family member serve as a document witness?

I am a Maryland Notary and I am scheduled to conduct a closing for a seller that is selling a property in Florida which requires a witness to the deed signing. Can the witness be a family member of the signer? Can the witness be a family member of the Notary? — J.M., Maryland

There is no rule that says a family member cannot sign as a witness on a document.  However, you should have the signer check with your contracting company for instructions regarding the witness requirements.   Your contracting company may have business rules regarding who may sign as a witness in this case. 

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10 Apr 2022

There is no rule or law that says that a family member cannot be a witness to the notary signing.

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11 Apr 2022

Hello. Please see the Hotline Tip response above for additional details.

10 Apr 2022

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