Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Notary Public - 8637.pdf

See - 8637.pdf

"x x x.

The 2004 Rules on Notarial Practice provides that a notary public should not notarize a document unless the signatory to the document is in the notary’s presence personally at the time of the notarization, and personally known to the notary public or otherwise identified through competent evidence of identity.9

 At the time of notarization, the signatory shall sign or affix with a thumb or mark the notary public’s notarial register.10 The purpose of these requirements is to enable the notary public to verify the genuineness of the signature and to ascertain that the document is the signatory’s free act and deed.11 If the signatory is not acting of his or her own free will, a notary public is mandated to refuse to perform a notarial act.12 A notary public is also prohibited from affixing an official signature or

seal on a notarial certificate that is incomplete.13.

x  x x."