VERBAL CEREMONY FOR NOTARY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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Real Estate Services with Santa Clarita Mobile Notary

Assuring a signer whose signature is being acknowledged understands the document and is signing the document willingly is an essential function of a notary taking an acknowledgment.

man taking oath

 

It was recommended by the American Society of Notaries that notaries should perform a verbal ceremony for either an ACKNOWLEDGMENT or oath/affirmation (JURAT). "Acknowledged" means a notary heard the client reply "yes" or "I do" (or other similar words) to questions posed during the notarization. "Sworn to or affirmed" means the notary "performed a verbal ceremony for an oath or affirmation and heard the client reply in the affirmative as to the truthfulness of the document.

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Renee Kovacs
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Joan - I think you might be misunderstanding.  The discussion is about obtaining a verbal acknowledgement, not an oath.  Denise's article outlined both, so clearly she understands the difference.

September 27, 2008 04:53 AM
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Judi K Barrett
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Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma

Denise, interesting point and very important.  I'm not a notary but have never heard the notary ask any questions.  They usually ask for a copy of someone's drivers license if they do not know the people signing and that's it. Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning.

October 03, 2008 07:07 AM
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Todd Clark
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Keller Williams Realty

I've asked the first question, but never the following two when I was a notary years ago. Never thought about it, but I guess I should have.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

October 14, 2008 12:22 AM
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Shannon Ziccardi
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As to acknowledgments, I always ask the signer if they have reviewed the documents and understand the documents that they will be executing before me.  On a few occasions, I have had to back away as I could not tell if the person was coherent or understanding of what they were doing. 

As to Jurats, I administer the oath every time.  Here's an old blog post that explains why: 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/470757/Raise-your-right-hand

"A Quick Note"

www.aquicknote.net

October 14, 2008 01:17 AM
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Denise OnullDell
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Santa Clarita Mobile Notary

Judi, Todd and Shannon - Thanks for your comments :)

October 17, 2008 01:08 AM
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