A notary public, is someone who has been appointed by a government authority to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements and also administer oaths. To verify their presence at the time the documents were signed, they use a seal that has a unique identifying number issued by certain states. The powers of a notary public usually vary from state to state, and so do the requirements for becoming one.
Here are a few things a notary public can and cannot do: (more…)
An advance directive in health care primarily comes in two different forms, a living will and a power of attorney. These are written instructions for people that help them to clarify what type of health care they do or do not want, if any situation renders them unable to make the decision themselves.
To fully understand the difference between living will vs power of attorney, it is important to look at each type in detail. (more…)
Who Is A Notary Public?
Notary publics are appointed by the State government, e.g., Secretary of State, Governor, or Lieutenant Governor. In some cases they may also be appointed by the State Legislature. Their job is to act as witnesses to the signing process of different legal documents. They are there to confirm the identity of the person signing the document. A notary public cannot offer any legal advice or prepare legal documents, with a few exceptions such as Puerto Rico and Louisiana. In some states such as Florida notaries may draft protests against promissory notes and dishonored checks. In most cases a notary may also attest or certify a facsimile or a copy. (more…)
The misuse of a notary seal occurs too often. A notary seal is a symbol of authority just like the uniform of a soldier or a badge of a police officer, and it is supposed to be handled with the same level of responsibility. A commissioned notary is not allowed to lend his seal to anyone, lose it, or let anyone else use it under any circumstances without any exception. Whether intentional or by mistake, a notary public who allows anyone to use his seal could be liable to pay damages that may be incurred as a result of this act. The notary public can also face civil penalties or criminal charges for this misconduct.
There are two important points that need to be understood about the seal of a notary public: (more…)