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Do I need an attorney present to notarize real estate documents?

I know in the state of Georgia we are not allowed to notarize real estate documents unless under the supervision of an attorney. Does this include real estate documents that are for an address located in another state?M.S., Georgia     

Georgia doesn’t allow a Notary to conduct a real estate closing without an attorney present. It’s a question whether Georgia forbids Notaries from notarizing all real estate documents.

An attorney is required for the notarizations of real estate documents for property located in Georgia. If the property is located outside of Georgia, an attorney is not required (OCGA 44-14-13 [b]).

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