Notary Blog and Podcast of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | Documents Not Written in English, Can we Notarize for Signatures?

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Here in South Carolina, you have the ability to notarize the signature of the party of a non-English written document for as long as the document’s notarial language is written in English. Continue reading

Notary Public Blog and Podcast of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | The Signer Must Appear Before the Notary Public in South Carolina

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It was the perfect situation, I was headed toward Downtown Greenville and JUST passing a particular Pendleton Street gas station when a call rang in to the notary line regarding one signature and one stamp document. It seemed like pie in the sky. Would this be the quickest call and signing to go down in our notary record books? Continue reading

Notary Public Blog of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | “Duress Me Not”, Tales from Hodges, South Carolina

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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. Continue reading

Notary Blog of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | This Week is Dimming Down, Don’t be a Clown and Don’t You Frown

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An example of a dire situation is when a person is admitted into ICU.  There are tracheotomies, ventilators and other harsh conditions, such as paralysis that sometimes impede a signing when a person has been admitted into this ward.  Hospital signings themselves can be tricky – maneuvering around HIPPA regulations (you cannot ask hospital staff if someone has Sound Mind), navigating the halls and room structure and sequestering family members are all a part of the job. Continue reading