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Am I Responsible If A Sworn Statement Is Incorrect?

By NNA Staff on July 21, 2016 - If a Notary performs a jurat, and the signer takes an oath that the information is correct in the document, is the Notary responsible if the information in the document turns out to be incorrect?

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May I Notarize A Document If It Does Not Have Certificate Wording?

By NNA Staff on July 13, 2016 - Are Notaries supposed to refuse to notarize a document if it has no certificate wording?

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May I Accept Credible Identifying Witnesses I Don’t Know?

By NNA Staff on July 07, 2016 - May a 91-year-old woman use two credible witnesses I don’t know personally to identify her when she signs a Durable Power of Attorney?

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Do I Have To Complete My Old Journal Before Starting A New One?

By NNA Staff on June 30, 2016 - Must a Notary completely fill their current journal before using a new journal? Find out in this week’s Notary Hotline Tip!

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How Do I Notarize A Document That Lacks A Notarial Certificate?

By NNA Staff on June 22, 2016 - When a document lacks a notarial certificate, you need to ask whoever requested the notarization what type of notarial act they need.

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How Long Do I Keep My Notary Journal Records?

By NNA Staff on June 15, 2016 - How long is a Notary required to retain their journal records? Find out in this Notary Hotline tip!

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Can I Accept A Notarization Request Through An Interpreter?

By NNA Staff on June 06, 2016 - Even if not directly prohibitied by state law, relying on an interpreter's request carries risk for the Notary.

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Can I Notarize A Handwritten Document?

By NNA Staff on June 01, 2016 - Georgia Notaries may notarize a signature on a document that includes handwritten paragraphs.

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Do I Need To Keep A Notary Journal?

By NNA Staff on May 25, 2016 - Do I need to keep a Notary record book? What information should be included?

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How Many Journal Entries Should I Make?

By NNA Staff on May 18, 2016 - Each notarial act must include a separate entry in a Notary’s journal, but rules regarding ditto marks and other shortcuts vary by state.

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