Can a Georgia notary notarize a Florida property document?
Loan signings are common across the United States. Any notary in any state can notarize almost any document within the confines of their state, but the document can be from out of state, or out of the country. Notaries should refrain from notarizing copies of vital records, and Wills are generally avoided in many states as well. Just as long as a Georgia Notary has their two feet in Georgia, it is okay to notarize a Florida document, or a loan signing for a property in Florida.
Non-attorney Georgia Notaries are prohibited from doing loan signings for properties in Georgia, but, I don’t know any restriction for them as far as notarizing loan documents (packages that generally include Deeds of Trust, Mortgages, Grant Deeds, Quit Claim Deeds, Notes, Notice of Right to Cancel, etc.) that are from Florida, or some other state.
A Florida notary can also notarize documents that are to be recorded out of state.
One critical piece of information is that the county recorder in the state that a document is going to be recorded — have standards. They might insist on their state’s notary wording to be on the notary certificate. They can reject a document if the notary wording is not up to their standards, or if there is a smudgy seal, etc. That is the job of the person who prepares the documents, and not the responsibility of the notary. A Georgia notary public, or any notary for that matter is allowed to make legal decisions for their clients which includes what type of wording to use, document drafting, or choosing the type of notarization to do, i.e. acknowledgment, jurat, protest, etc.
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