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  • Kendra Marroquin

Know Your Notary:Understanding Legal Boundaries!

Hey everyone! Let's talk about what a notary can't legally do. It's essential to understand the limitations to ensure a smooth and lawful notarization process.

Here are some key points:

Provide Legal Advice: Notaries are not licensed attorneys and cannot offer legal advice or draft legal documents. If you need legal guidance, it's best to consult with a qualified attorney.

Perform Certain Notarial Acts: While notaries can notarize many types of documents, there are limitations. For example, notaries typically cannot certify copies of vital records like birth certificates or issue apostilles.

Notarize Incomplete Documents: Notaries must ensure that documents are complete before notarizing them. If a document lacks essential information or signatures, the notary cannot proceed with notarization.

Notarize Documents with Blank Spaces: Notaries cannot notarize documents that contain blank spaces intended for additional information to be added after notarization. All spaces must be completed before notarization.

Act Partially or with Bias: Notaries must remain impartial and unbiased when performing notarial acts. They cannot notarize documents in which they have a personal interest or stand to benefit financially.

Override Identification Requirements: Notaries must adhere to strict identification requirements. They cannot waive or override these requirements, even if they know the signer personally.

Remember, understanding what a notary cannot legally do is just as important as knowing what they can do.

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