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  • Kendra Marroquin

Notaries & Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)

As a notary, I play a vital role in the legal and business world. However, it's crucial to understand notary boundaries to avoid the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). Here’s what notaries and signers need to know:


Key Duties of a Notary:

1. Administering Oaths and Affirmations: Ensuring signers affirm the truthfulness of a document.

2. Certifying Copies: Validating that copies are true reproductions of originals.

3. Taking Acknowledgments: Confirming signers have willingly signed the document.


Avoiding UPL:

1. No Legal Advice: Refrain from advising on legal matters or notarial certificates.

2. No Drafting Legal Documents: Leave the creation of legal instruments to licensed attorneys.

3. No Interpreting Documents: Direct clients to attorneys for explanations and legal advice.


Risks of UPL:

* Legal Penalties

* Civil Liability

* Professional Discipline

* Damage to Reputation


Best Practices:

A. Stick to authorized notarial acts.

B. Communicate clearly with clients.

C. Refer clients to attorneys when needed.

D. Adhere to guidelines and keep accurate records.

E. Seek guidance if uncertain.


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