Posted in February 2012

Special Situation: Notarizing For a Person Who Is a Minor

There are many different special circumstances that notaries may encounter; however, the rules are the same: rely on the law, exercise reasonable care, and use common sense. Notaries in FL are required to verify identity through a valid identification form if the person is not personally known (signer must be in the presence of notaries … Continue reading

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Special Situation: Notarizing for the Visually/Hearing Impaired

These are other special circumstances for┬ánotaries. As addressed before, in FL notaries, as impartial witnesses,┬ácannot simply identify the person and notarize his or her signature, we need to actually make sure the signer understands the document to be signed and that he or she is doing it freely. If the person doesn’t understand the contents, … Continue reading

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Special Situation: Notarizing for a Person who is Mentally Disabled

Notaries are faced with a variety of special circumstances every now and then such as when the signer is blind, doesn’t speak English, or has a disability, etc. How should they handle? Notaries should make an effort to accommodate them, but should also exercise common sense, reasonable care, and follow the law. Basically, if notaries … Continue reading

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Apostilles or Certificate of Notarial Authority

Do you need to get an Apostille or Certificate of Notarial Authority to send it to another country? If you don’t need one now, you might one day. But first, if you don’t already know, let me explain what they are. If you need to notarize a document here in the United States to send … Continue reading

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Need a Notary to Certify the Contents of a Safe-Deposit Box?

If you have a safe-deposit box with any financial institution in Florida or think of having one, this information may be of interest to you. Financial institutions can open your safe-deposit box if your rent fee is due after giving you appropriate notice of such and satisfying other conditions as well. One of the requirements … Continue reading

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