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Best Practices

3 Steps To Protect Yourself If Your Notary Seal Is Forged

By David Thun on November 14, 2018 - If someone forges your Notary seal and uses it for fraud, you can still be held liable and sued. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

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A Notary’s Guide To Different Kinds Of Signatures

By Michael Closen and Timothy Reiniger on November 13, 2018 - A signature can take many different forms. Attorneys Michael Closen and Timothy Reiniger take an in-depth look at the different types of signatures Notaries may encounter.

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What Would You Do: The Case Of The Underage Fiancée

By Michael Lewis on October 10, 2018 - If you were asked to notarize a mother's signature granting permission for her teen daughter to marry a 30-year-old man urging the mother to sign, what would you do?

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A Notary’s Legal Battle Over Signing By Signature Stamp

By Michael Closen on August 29, 2018 - Notary law expert Michael Closen shares a case where a Notary was sued for letting a customer sign with a stamp.

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Failure To Proofread Costs Notary

By Michael Closen on August 22, 2018 - Notary law expert Michael Closen describes how failing to check a certificate for errors embroiled a Notary in a $100,000 lawsuit.

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What Not To Do: The Case Of An Errant Lawyer And A Gullible Notary

By Michael Closen on July 10, 2018 - All too often, people try to get Notaries to do something they shouldn’t. A Florida Notary lost his commission because he fell for the bogus tale of a local lawyer.

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5 Scammers Notaries Need To Watch Out For

By Michael Lewis on July 03, 2018 - Notaries always need to be on guard against scammers trying to commit fraud. Here are five scenarios showing how dishonest people try to trip Notaries up.

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Notarizing A Signature By Proxy

By David Thun on June 27, 2018 - Some states allow a proxy to sign on behalf of a person physically unable to write. Here are answers to the most common questions from Notaries about signatures by proxy.

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Notary Tip: How To Handle A Signature By Mark

By David Thun on June 21, 2018 - Signers unable to write their full name for a notarization can sometimes use an alternative called signature by mark. Learn more about how it works and where it is permitted.

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Legal Expert Discusses Common Notary Mistakes, Best Practices

By Michael Lewis on June 20, 2018 - In this video interview, Notary law expert Michael Closen discusses mistakes that land Notaries in legal trouble and what they can do to stay out of court.

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