Philadelphia Records Commissioner Joan Decker held a meeting on Friday, Oct. 17, in Conversation Hall, Philadelphia City Hall to review the new city council legislation affecting the Records Department that became effective on Nov. 3.
Brian Dowd of PAN’s Business Development office discussed identity theft at the monthly meeting of the York County Paralegal Association held at the York County Bar Association office.
The Electronic Notary Journal of Official Acts (Enjoa) made its debut with much fanfare in 2003. Billed as a new system that would broaden the use of digital signatures in the U.S., the $550 hardware-software package allowed notaries to save a digital record of a signature, thumbprint and digital photograph of an individual requesting a notarial act.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Atlantic Bonding Co., and its owner, Marc C. Zinman, of Pompano Beach, Florida, for selling notary appointment and reappointment packages to Pennsylvania consumers and failing to deliver them.
If one-stop shopping was the goal, then Allegheny County has achieved what it set out to accomplish with the notary commission process.
Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Corteś and Basil Merenda, commissioner of the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, have announced disciplinary actions against 14 notaries for March through July 2008.
PAN Announces Notary Notes Going Green
Philadelphia has unveiled a new program designed to help the records department deal with the growing problem of real estate fraud in the city.
The primary objective of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA,) which can be found on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) Web site ( www.nccusl.org, Final Acts and Legislation link), is to establish the legal equivalence of electronic records and signatures with paper writing and manually signed signatures, thus removing barriers to electronic commerce. In other words, UETA assures that electronic signatures and transactions have the same legal effect as “wet” signatures and paper documents.
In the early part of the decade when interest rates were low, Sharon and Steve thought it would be a good time to refinance the mortgage on one of the four properties they own in eastern Pennsylvania. While they got a good rate from the finance company and the transaction went smoothly, the couple noticed some serious financial mysteries shortly after the ink on the contract had dried.