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Best Practices

Notary Tip: Requests To Serve As A Document Witness

By David Thun on May 02, 2018 - Notaries are sometimes asked to serve as a document witness as well as notarizing. Here's what you need to know about these confusing requests.

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What Would You Do: The Case Of The Shaky Hand

By Michael Lewis on May 02, 2018 - How would you handle the case of an elderly signer whose hand shakes so badly she needs another person holding it to write? We invite Notaries to share your suggestions.

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3 Important Tips For When A Document Lacks A Notary Certificate

By David Thun on April 11, 2018 - The simplest way to know what type of notarization is needed on a document is to look at the Notary certificate. But what do you do if there’s no certificate?

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A Notary Mistake Can Be Criminal

By Michael Closen on April 05, 2018 - While skipping a step in a notarization may seem harmless, it can get you in serious legal trouble. Notary law expert Michael Closen examines a real-life case where this happened.

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Notary Tip: 3 Differences Between Acknowledgments And Signature Witnessings

By David Thun on April 04, 2018 - Recently, some states have introduced a type of notarization known as “signature witnessing.” Here’s what makes it different from a traditional acknowledgment.

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What Would You Do Answer: The Case Of The Absent Signer

By Michael Lewis on January 25, 2018 - We asked Notaries what you would do if a signer demanded to sign a relative's name on her behalf, but refused to record his own name on the document. Here are your answers.

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What Would You Do: The Case Of Signing Someone Else’s Name

By Michael Lewis on January 18, 2018 - What would you do if a man asked to sign a family member's name as her representative, but did not want his name to appear in the document?

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4 Do’s And Don’ts When Storing Your Seal And Journal

By David Thun on January 10, 2018 - Keeping your tools secure protects you and your customers from fraud and breaches of privacy. Here are four important practices to follow when keeping a seal and journal.

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One Notary’s Encounter With A Transgender Signer

By Tracee Jordan on January 10, 2018 - Notary Tracee Jordan discusses the challenges she faced identifying a transgender signer during a notarization.

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What Steps Must Be Taken When A Notary Dies?

By David Thun on December 07, 2017 - When a Notary passes away, there are legal obligations to dispose of the Notary's tools properly. Learn more about what needs to be done for a deceased Notary.

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