How Important is Correct Notarization on Legal Documentation?

How Important is Correct Notarization on Legal Documentation?

Simply put, a notary mistake or improper notary certificate can cause legal issues with the enforceability of the document. For real estate documents, an improper notarization has the potential of causing the document to be rejected for recording by the County Recorder.

Because of recent changes to Ohio laws regarding notarial acts in 2019, with more changes to take effect in April of 2023, it is more important than ever to have a notary who is knowledgeable of notary laws and requirements.

There are specific requirements if a document is signed by an Agent, POA, Trustee, or Officer. The notary certificate portion of the notarization must be appropriately drafted depending on whether an oath or acknowledgment is required.

The above is only a summary of the notarial act requirements and procedures. As you can see, notary duties are significant in seeing that a document will not be rejected or considered invalid.

PSE has attorneys and paralegals up-to-date on all notary requirements to ensure your legal documents are correctly prepared and executed. Contact any of our Business Department attorneys at 937.223.1130 with questions regarding notary issues.