May the notary ever refuse to provide notary services? Yes, under certain conditions. Eventually, most notaries are faced with the issue of whether they may refuse to provide notary services when requested. Florida law actually requires notaries to refuse in some situations. In other situations, notaries either should or may refuse to notarize. Most ofRead More
What if the person is usually mentally competent, but is medicated at the time of the notarization, or what if the signer is “in and out” of lucidity due to Alzheimer’s disease or some other mentally debilitating ailment?
When performing any notarization, the notary public will question the signer to determine that he or she is willing and competent to execute the document. ■ You should provide impartial witness for the notarization. ■ If we are asked to go to a hospital or nursing home to provide services, we will check with the patient’sRead More
Yes, we may notarize a will, whether prepared by an attorney or not, provided the required conditions for a notarization are met. ■ The document signer must be present and competent to execute the document. ■ The signer must produce appropriate identification to the notary public. ■ The document must have a jurat, or theRead More
For instance, banks, other financial institutions and the court system often require documents to be notarized. It’s the Notary Public’s role to verify the identity of the person signing the document. The Notary will also confirm the signatory understands the meaning of what she or he is signing.Read More
Florida is one of only three states (the other two are South Carolina and Maine) who authorize their notaries public to “solemnize the rites of matrimony.” The Florida notary MAY perform a marriage ceremony providing the couple first obtain a marriage license from an authorized Florida official and may only perform such ceremony within theRead More