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Can You Notarize a Document for a Family Member?

Can You Notarize a Document for a Family Member?

Most people need documents notarized from time to time, and if they have a notary in the family, it's only natural to turn to them first. After all, it's just a quick and easy stamp and signature, right? Unfortunately, notarizing documents for family members can be a best-practices minefield. Is It Legal to Notarize a Document for a Family Member? The legality of notarizing a document for a family member is the first thing that needs to be considered. Like most things regarding notary law, it depends on where you are. Many state laws don't prohibit doing it, which makes...

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Pennsylvania Notary Pearson VUE Exam Extension

Any applicant whose exam authorization has expired or will expire between March 1 and December 30, 2020 will have until June 30, 2021 to take and pass the notary public examination.For more information please see the FAQ.

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Governor Wolf Signs Pennsylvania Remote Notary Legislation

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law a Philadelphia Bar Association-backed bill that allows for remote notarization of legal documents. The law goes into effect immediately.

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Philadelphia County: Notary Public Bond Recording

Please follow the below instructions as Philadelphia City Hall Department of Records is operating by appointment only as of March 22, 2021 for recording notary bonds. Please note these instructions may change. Print the executed Surety Bond and Power of Attorney received from our office. Attach together with a staple. Sign as the principal and have your signature witnessed to the left. Blue ink preferred. Schedule an appointment with City Hall by emailing appointments.recording@phila.gov "The Records Department is open, but in-person services are by appointment only. If you wish to process your notary commission in person, including being sworn in, appointments are...

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