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Texas Governor Abbott Temporarily Allows For Appearance Before Notary Public Via Videoconference For Real-Estate Instruments


Texas Governor Greg Abbott has suspended a statute concerning appearance before a notary public to acknowledge real-estate instruments such as mortgages.

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We are Here to Support Notaries During the COVID-19 Pandemic


The American Association of Notaries is making it a top priority to keep the employees, members, and notaries we serve safe during the COVID-19 crisis. We are being as proactive as possible by enforcing the health and safety guidelines prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Refusing to Notarize When There Is a Question of Benefit


A notary public should comply with every reasonable request when called upon to notarize a document. However, there are times when a request may not only be unreasonable, but may actually be unlawful.

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