A last will and testament is a complex and sensitive legal document that can take different forms, depending on state law. Some wills legally require notarization, some do not and may actually be invalidated if they are notarized, and some allow notarization as one of several witnessing options. Often, it is the signatures of witnesses to the will that will be notarized rather than that of the maker of the will, known as the testator. Notaries must proceed carefully when aske
Acceptable Forms of Identification for Mobile Notary Express- Notary San Diego Services State-issued driver's license State-issued identification card U.S. passport issued by the U.S. Department of State U.S. military ID State, county and local government IDs Permanent resident card, or "green card," issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Foreign passport* Driver's license officially issued in Mexico or Canada*
Advance directives: Everyone needs one Becky Brinda had known about advance directives for a long time; her husband had completed one after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. But when Becky herself was diagnosed with a serious disease—chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD—she just hadn’t gotten around to putting her health care wishes down on paper, to be followed if she were incapacitated and unable to communicate. An emergency, but no advance directive That changed
Can I legally refuse to notarize a document for someone who seems to be mentally impaired, such as an older person that appears to have dementia? — D.M., California California state law does not explicitly permit you to refuse a notarization for an individual who is mentally impaired. That said, it would be unwise to notarize for an individual who shows clear signs of dementia at the time of notarization. The Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility recommends agains
Someone has asked me to notarize a power of attorney and wants me to provide the form. The person has cancer and wants to give power of attorney to her sister. Can I do this? — K.F. California No, you shouldn’t provide the form unless you are an attorney. A Notary who is not an attorney may not practice law in California (Business and Professions Code 6125). Selecting the type of document to meet an individual’s legal need could be considered the unauthorized practice of law.