what can a notary do?

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Old 07-08-06, 02:12 PM
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what can a notary do?

Can a notary put his seal on a will to make a addition.The person whos will it is would be present and the change would be a pen and ink change.
It would be a lot cheaper then drawing up a new will and also alot faster.
 
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Old 07-08-06, 04:06 PM
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The number of witnesses to wills and codicils can vary from state to state. Three witnesses plus the notary should be sufficient in any state. The three witnesses should be people not mentioned in the will. Check with your state's Notary Board.
 
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Old 09-25-06, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by michael van
Can a notary put his seal on a will to make a addition.The person whos will it is would be present and the change would be a pen and ink change.
It would be a lot cheaper then drawing up a new will and also alot faster.
First off, any changes to a Will will void that Will. To make changes one either needs to have a new Will drawn or add a Codicil, which is another paper that modifies the Will without revoking it. If using the codicil method (which is NOT recommended) then it must be in the same form as required for a Will, i.e., witnesses must see the maker and each other sign, all must be in the same room at the same time, cannot be a legatee (generally, though in some states, such as Louisiana it won't void the Will but the legatee witnessing or notarizing the Will will not benefit (receive anything) from the Will or Codicil.

Hope this helps.

p.s., in Louisiana (and only Louisiana) notaries are allowed by law to draft Wills, Trust, contracts, and a myriad of other documents that in all other states would have to be done by an attorney.
 
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For the most part, a notary is simply someone whose signature is on file. If they notarize a signature on a document, it means they have verified the identity of the person who brought the document to them.
 
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