Some tips for other Notaries Public when performing signings in which Duress may be a factor. Also, there are several agencies you can seek assistance from should you feel you or someone you care for may be in danger or may be under the coercive deception of a loved-one.
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Duress, although not desired in ANY situation, happens often. Notaries, be aware for what to watch out for. Here is one article* you can turn to for some typical advice as it relates to minimizing your liability during signing, including duress.
Sometimes family members get away with having those in care allowing paperwork to be notarized because of the “I Love Them” factor (signing and allowing a document to be drafted sight unseen and notarized because they ‘feel’ their relative has their best interest at heart).
“Notarizing on behalf of a patient who is under the influence of drugs is a NO – NO!” Early evening on Monday, March 28, 2016, the Granddaughter of a Greenville Memorial Intensive Care Unit patient called into the notary lines regarding a fairly urgent Durable Power of Attorney. Not knowing the outcome of the situation,
A GreenvilleNotary.com notary was in a rut to find a witness today. Ran into one potential witness and it was a no-go because she didn’t have her identification on her person. Upstairs, downstairs, all around the building, to no avail. Heaven sent an Angel when one of the hospital chaplains appeared at hospital room’s door this evening.
The call came in yesterday morning, from a State of Ohio resident whose relative ended up in the Heart Institute of Greenville Memorial Hospital. There was nothing set in place to protect the patient’s assets, nor specify health care arrangements should an unexpected event occur. First, let’s give applause for this caring relative to travel all the way
Late at night, when the moon is high, sometimes, just sometimes you need a notary public. That was the case for one Greenville, South Carolina resident. The call rang in around 7pm for three documents that need delivery to the SC State Capital of Columbia, SC in the morning, so the need for notarization was
A last will and testament document was signed by a Greer, South Carolina resident, witnessed by an uninterested third party, witnessed by Sonita M. Leak, then notarized by Sonita M. Leak in her capacity as a Notary Public for the State of South Carolina. This process was completed within 45-minutes. Sometimes the process of a
Even on days like this, where my time and availability are limited, if you call… I will have STAMP, and I will TRAVEL! On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Certified Notary Public Signing Agent Sonita M. Leak was called and answered for an out-of-state resident needing to sign authorization of powers to another party. In attendance
Notaries, whenever relatives or loved ones call from an assisted living facility you MUST carefully pay attention to the situation at hand. Duress is real and it occurs often. Duress, considered (citing 123Notary.com’s Notary Glossary) constraint by threat, or coercion. On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Certified Notary Public Signing Agent Sonita M. Leak was called
Let your New Year’s Resolution be to get that Will or other important document notarized before it’s too late! Whether you are as healthy as a “healthy” horse, or in poor health, whether monetarily wealthy or living from paycheck to paycheck – having a will or directive on what to do with your estate and
A local resident with a relative in nursing care at Heartland Assisted Living and Rehabilitation called on GreenvilleNotary.com to notarize a Power of Attorney on the resident’s behalf. Along with Certified Notary Public Signing Agent Sonita M. Leak and another uninterested third party, the task was accomplished. Heartland is located at 600 and 601 Sulphur
A Certified Notary Public Signing Agent was called to Greenville Memorial Hospital on behalf of a patient, however, due to competency laws, signing was refused. Family members, please be aware that if your loved one is deemed incompetent to act on their own behalf, seek legal advice. Signing a document without competence can be seen