Which Certificate? … Acknowledgements

Notaries are forbidden to choose the type of notarization for a signer – but I do carry certificates allowed by the State of Oregon in my bag in case one is needed. For the next few weeks I’ll give the definitions of the common notarial acts allowed in Oregon so you can choose:

Acknowledgments ensure the signer of a document is who they claim to be and has voluntarily signed the document. Often are needed for documents concerning valuable assets, such as deeds, mortgages and deeds of trust. The signer must personally appear before the notary to be positively identified and to declare — or “acknowledge” — that the signature on the document is their own and that they signed willingly. (While common practice for the client to sign the document in front of the notary you at the time of the notarization, it is not necessary. They may sign the document before bringing it to you and declare — or acknowledge — to you that the signature on the document is theirs.)

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