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Re: They can be so tricky - but I caught them!
Posted by Terri - CA on 5/11/05 11:12am
Msg #37095 from 188.8.131.52
Regardless of the wording in the body of the document; and regardless of the title of the document. If the verbiage in the certificate indicates that it's an acknowledgment, that's what you provide. It is UPL for a California Notary to determine what type of certificate is to be used. It's up to the signer or preparer of the document to make that determination. If the notary cannot make a clear determination based on the wording in the certificate provided then they should contact the document preparer.
While we learn from experience what should be used, California Notaries still cannot make that call. You must used what is presented, or ask what should be used. Don't decide for yourself.