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Who can be a witness to an older signer's notarization?

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I have a client who needs a power of attorney form for her mother, who is located in a group home and wants to have the case worker be one of the witnesses. Can I allow this? P. W., Connecticut

This is a question that you should not answer as a Notary. Your client should consult with her lawyer or the receiving agency to clarify whether the case worker can be a witness under Connecticut law.

For more guidelines on witnessing requests during notarizations and state rules for Notaries asked to serve as a document witness, please see our articles “Different types of witnessing (and witnesses) Notaries may encounter” and “Requests to serve as a document witness.”

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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