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Can A Jurat Signature Be Corrected?

If someone mistakenly signs a document needing a jurat before they are in the presence of the Notary, can it be crossed out and resigned? Or should the document be redone? — K.V. New York The signer may simply re-sign the document in front of you. The other signature should not be crossed out. If a date…

4 Things every Notary should know

How to correct a certificate Sometimes signers make a mistake when filling out their certificate. For example, a name could be incorrect on a form. It happens. The good thing about these errors is that they are easy to fix. When this occurs a Notary should put a line through the incorrect information and neatly…

How To Notarize If A Signer Can’t Be Present

There are rare situations when a person needs to have a document notarized, but cannot appear in person before the Notary. If this happens, some states permit the signer to sign the document in front of or acknowledge signing it to a witness. The witness — not the signer — appears before the Notary. The…

Five Tips For Authenticating A Signer’s ID For Notarization

Notaries verify the identity of document signers. But how thoroughly must you check an ID before you can be satisfied it’s acceptable? When state law doesn’t provide clear guidance, these suggested professional practices can help you meet reasonable standards of care. 1. Always ask to physically hold and examine the ID. In order to ensure…