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TOPIC: Notarial Act for someone with no motor skills

Notarial Act for someone with no motor skills 3 years, 9 months ago #44

Hi- I received a call today from someone wanting me to notarize a document for her and her mom's companion. The companion she says is mentally alert but has no motor skills so unable to sign the document. How do I go about notarizing something like this or do I?

Re: Notarial Act for someone with no motor skills 3 years, 9 months ago #45

If they have no motor skills, but are mentally aware, you may sign for them-- with two witnesses. You, as the notary, remain impartial and uninvolved.

Follow the same protocol as you would for a normal notarization and note the unusual circumstances in your record book:

1. Question the companion to ensure they understand the document and it’s effect (if they do not understand, refer them to an attorney for clarification).
2. Ask for proper identification.
3. Complete the notarial act. The act must be administered to the companion.
4. The companion directs you to sign. You can only sign in their presence and with their consent.
5. You signing will be witnessed by two uninvolved and disinterested parties.
6. Below your signature write: “Signature affixed by notary, pursuant to s. 117.05 (14), Florida Statutes.”
7. In the notarial certificate state the circumstances of the signing.

Special certificates must be used for these kinds of signings.

All all of this information can be found in your Florida Notary Handbook provided by ASN for future reference.

You may also call our customer service team at 877.298.8724 or 850.219.8137
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