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A notary may be asked to notarize a document for a second cousin who designates a pension beneficiary. The beneficiary may be the notary's son or daughter. If the cousin passes away, the notary could benefit from the transaction if the child receives the funds.


Find a notary public that is a completely disinterested third party to notarize the documents for the family business. The rule of thumb is that a notary public who is a party to a document or who might receive a direct or indirect benefit from the transaction cannot perform the notarial act.


Florida, on the other hand, prohibits public notaries from performing notarial services to immediate family members (sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, etc.). “A notary public may not notarize a signature on a document if the person whose signature is to be notarized is the spouse, son, daughter, mother, or father of the notary public.”


The Arizona Notary Public Reference Manual recommends that you do not notarize for family members because the Notary's impartiality could be challenged in court at a later time. Quote: “Just because the law allows a notary public to notarize for blood relatives, it is not a recommended action."


In many instances, a Notary will have no beneficial interest in notarizing for a relative and will not be prevented by law from doing so. However, to avoid later questioning of the Notary's impartiality, as well as accusations of undue influence, it is always safest for a signer to find a Notary who is not related.


This probability increases the more closely a family member is related to notary. Even in cases where there appears to be no possible way to gain financially, it is recommended that notaries do not notarize documents for family members, reports the American Association of Notaries.


A notary can notarize the signature of a family member as long as the instrument does not benefit the notary such as notarizing a will that they will inherit under, or a deed that is granting them ...


An attorney can be a notary public and can notarize documents. If, however, the document was prepared by the attorney or is for clients of an attorney it is probably best to get a different notary ...


The Minnesota notary public, ... Can I notarize for a family member? Minnesota Statutes 358.54, Subd. 2 states a notarial officer may not perform a notarial act with respect to a record to which the officer's spouse is a party, in which either of them has a direct interest. A notarial act performed in violation of this sub division is voidable.


Hello. The CA Secretary of State's Office provides the following guidelines for notarizing for relatives in its 2018 Notary Public Handbook: "A notary public may notarize documents for relatives or others, unless doing so would provide a direct financial or beneficial interest to the notary public.