Tagged with Florida law

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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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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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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Notarizing “Ghosts'” Signatures?

You would think that’s common sense that if someone wants his or her signature on a  document to be notarized, that he or she would be in the presence of a notary, right? Moreover, you’d think that notaries, who run the risk of being found guilty of a civil infraction if there was no intention … Continue reading

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