Notaries Public have a very important role to play when it comes to notarizing important documents in assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers and hospice care facilities. A few days ago GreenvilleNotary.com was called in regard to a patient residing at the Patewood Rehabilitation Facility off of 2 Griffiths Rd, Greenville, SC 29607. Patewood Rehabilitation is a new Covenant Dove facility located off of Congaree Road near Haywood Mall. Several documents were to be signed before witnesses and notarized in the presence of Certified Notary Public Signing Agent Sonita M. Leak, however, a finding of discovery was first to be made regarding the competency of the signer.
It is imperative that as a notary, you are not signing party to a document where the principal is under the influence of medication, under duress by relatives, nor declared incompetent by the facility social worker or their physician. Word of advice; INQUIRE, INQUIRE, INQUIRE… and when in doubt, let the parties know that they must seek additional counsel from an attorney regarding their options.
With that said, a return trip is planned for Friday, January 23, 2015 to finalize the paperwork.