Can a notary provide services for a spouse or other family member?


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The National Notary Association indicates that a notary should not provide services for a close family member, such as a spouse or parent, to avoid possible charges of impartiality. However, certain states allow a notary to provide services for close relatives.

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A notary public is appointed by the state to serve as an impartial witness in the execution of signatures on certain documents. The National Notary Association (NNA) suggests that a notary should not notarize his or her own signature or a document in which he or she will receive any direct benefit, which may call his or her sense of impartiality into question. While the NNA suggests that a notary should not notarize a document by a spouse or other close relative, states such as Montana permit the service as long as there is no direct benefit to the notary.

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