Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Yesterday's posting regarding the new guidelines for Notaries led to several questions. How will the registry treat documents with acknowledgement clauses that do not comply with the language set out in the guidelines? Will they still be accepted when recording? The short answer is that the guidelines will not change whether a document will be recorded. The guidelines are directed at the notary. If the notary fails to follow them completely but still indicates an intent to acknowledge someone's signature, we will still record the document. Our philosophy is to take pretty much anything that could be construed to be an acknowledgement, and leave the determination of whether it is an effective acknowledgement up to the title examiners that will look at the document in the future.

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