Why I Decided Not to Renew My Signing Agent Certification

First, to make it clear, I am still a Notary Public and provide other services. However, I am no longer a Notary Signing Agent (if you want to learn the difference, please visit this link (What is a Notary Public and/or a Notary Signing Agent?) My Signing Agent certification expired this year, after 2 years, and … Continue reading

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Depositions: What Role Do Notaries Play?

What is a deposition and who can do that? A deposition is simply a testimony given outside the court by a witness (the deponent) under oath or affirmation. This testimony is taken by lawyers who ask him or her oral questions; then, this is put in writing and duly authenticated to be used in a … Continue reading

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Proof of Execution by Subscribing Witness

Can notaries in FL notarize a signature on a document if the signer is NOT present but the person who brought the document swears the person signed it? NO! Notaries in FL may NOT notarize the signature of a person on a document by subscribing witness. Here is what the FL Governor’s Reference Manual for Notaries states: “Some states, … Continue reading

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Can Notaries Prepare Legal Documents?

Can notaries prepare wills, power of attorney, or any other legal documents? If you are from another country, you may think that notaries can do that, but before you head to the nearest notary office or call one, read What Can a Notary Public Do or Cannot Do to find out more about what a notary … Continue reading

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Prohibited Acts for Notaries

Can Notaries notarize anything or in any way?  The short answer is “No.” Notaries, in FL, are public officials with limited powers, unless they are also attorneys. From Chapter 117, Florida Statutes specify prohibited acts for Notaries, what notaries  cannot do. Examples are below: The signer(s) of a document to be notarized, the signatures that are … Continue reading

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Notarizing Wills Not Prepared by an Attorney

Anyone can create a will either by requesting the services of an attorney or by using a software. If someone uses a software or buy a form, can they get the signature on the will notarized? Yes, Notaries can notarize wills that were not prepared by lawyers as long as they meet the notarization requirements. … Continue reading

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