Refusing To Notarize

November 23rd, 2018 Comment

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 of

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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?

October 7th, 2018 Comment

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’s

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Will you notarize a will that has not been prepared by an attorney?

May 13th, 2018 Comment

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 the

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What does it mean to have a letter notarized?

October 28th, 2017 Comment

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.

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Is a marriage ceremony performed by a notary public of the State of Florida “legal and binding?”

October 28th, 2017 Comment

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 the

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