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Best Practices

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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Real-Life Challenges To A Proper Notarization

By David Thun on May 29, 2018 - The modern world often presents situations that can trip up even the most experienced Notary. Here is a list of some of the most common ones.

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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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