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April 8, 2019

Personal Appearance for jail signings

Filed under: Hospital & Jail Signings — admin @ 10:11 am

Personal Appearance for jail signings

Jails have some unusual practices and practices vary from jail to jail. At one jail, I was not allowed within 50 feet of the inmate. I told them that I could not notarize as personal appearance was necessary. You can see a notary through a glass and communicate with them through a phone. That is fine. You can be sitting next to the inmate as a notary and that is okay. But, if you are so far away that you cannot visually see who they are and what they look like, then it is not legal to notarize that person. Personal appearance is normally required for Notary acts other than a proof of execution which is hardly ever done and probably not allowed for documents such as power of attorneys.

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