Notary Prohibitions & Liability

Never pre-date an action. The Notary may never date an action (acknowledgement, jurat, etc.,) prior to the execution (signature) date appearing on the document involved.
Never lend a journal, stamp, or other personalized Notary equipment to another individual.
Never prepare a legal document or give advice on legal matters, or matters pertaining to land titles. This includes the preparation of pleadings, affidavits, briefs and any other submissions to the court.
Never, in the capacity as a Notary Public, appear as a representative of another person in a legal proceeding.
A notary refuses to provide services in the following situations:
When the notary has reasonable grounds to believe that the principal is acting under coercion or undue influence. ​​
When the notary is unable to verify the identity of the principal using the means and standards identified in the rules. ​
When the notary becomes aware that the security of the two-way audio-visual transmission is not secure.

*For more information please review the public Tennessee Notary Public Handbook and the Rules of the Tennessee Department of State Division of Business Services regarding Online Notarization

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