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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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julieoruche2121@gmail.com

10 Apr 2022

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

National Notary Association

11 Apr 2022

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

julieoruche2121@gmail.com

10 Apr 2022

Title company, Realtors, Lenders , online and near your county.

JoAnn Booker

17 Jan 2023

My name is JOANN BOOKER, I would like to purchase the Notary symbol.

National Notary Association

24 Jan 2023

Hello. We're sorry, but can you please clarify what you mean by 'Notary symbol?'

Irene Abbott

17 Jan 2023

I requested my mom come with me as a witness since the customer didn't have anyone in NC that they could use. I was told it was fine and I just made sure I documented everything in my journal.

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