real estate documents are handled electronically. But it remains clear
that notarizing a document, under the laws of all states, means witnessing
a signature in real time. The notary’s witnessing role serves to verify to
the public that the person who signs a paper has been personally identified,
and freely signed the document.
Not to be
deterred, technology is changing the way society defines witnessing. With the
advancement of webcam technology and novel legal provisions, notaries
are remotely witnessing signatures and verifying documents in several states.
This new process is known as RON remote online notarization.
reviews in the industry are mixed.
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In almost all circumstances a properly executed real estate
deed must be notarized to be valid. What happens if a party to the deed,
especially the grantor, is somewhere outside of the United States when they
need to execute the deed? The most common option is a Notarizing Officer.
According to the U.S. State Department, Notarizing officers at any U.S. Embassy
or Consulate abroad can provide a service similar to the functions of a notary
public in the United States. It is also possible to have a real estate deed
notarized by a local foreign notary and then have the document authenticated
for use in the United States. In
countries that are party to the Hague Apostille Convention, this is a
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As of January 1st, 2015 there is a new requirement for notary acknowledgements on real estate deeds in California.
A certificate of acknowledgment taken within California shall be in the following form:
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