March 27, 2017

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...

March 9, 2017

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 men...

March 3, 2017

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 i...

February 24, 2017

Unfortunately it is never OK to notarize your own signature. Usually, the translator signs a statement verifying the translation is accurate as part of the process of translating a birth certificate, and then has their signature notarized. You must have another Notary...

January 19, 2017

I performed a notarization where the signature on the signer’s driver's license was not legible — it was like a circle with a dot as if it was in another language. Is that what she should have used when signing the document?  She signed the document legibly, as it was...

February 18, 2016

I have been contracted to perform a notarization at a California State Prison. The signer is telling me I can accept his prison ID as proof of his identity. Is this correct? — A.S., California

Yes. Civil Code Section 1185(b)(3) allows a Notary to use an inmate identific...

June 10, 2015

I have been asked to come to a nursing home to notarize a power of attorney document. Should I have the client initial each paragraph and sign the final page? Also can I charge a travel fee in addition to the mileage and notarizing fee? — M.W., Capitol Heights, Marylan...

June 22, 2011

Healthcare powers of attorney are critical documents for signers, and state rules vary greatly regarding how the document must be signed, witnessed or notarized. A healthcare power of attorney allows a person (known as the “principal”) to authorize another individual (...

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