The Pennsylvania Department of State is taking steps to address the potential for confusion when the term notary public is translated into a foreign language.
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.
When a complaint is filed against a notary, what do officials from the Department of State check first?
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
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.
Knowing the limitations of your power as a notary is just as important as knowing the Notary Public Law. Here are some circumstances in which your authority to notarize is limited or prohibited.
A notary got a call from a loan broker she knew who asked her to notarize loan documents for a couple who wanted to refinance their home. She agreed and met the broker and couple for lunch. The notary asked for identification from the couple and was shown their drivers’ licenses. She notarized the documents and recorded the transaction in her register.