A couple of days ago I blogged about “How to Abuse a Notary Commission,” based on shocking allegations of notary stamp abuse in a foreclosure mill case that has made national news.
A reader left the following question at the post:
As a notary, I sometimes find myself in a bit of a sticky situation. I have a boss, an attorney and a notary himself, who sometimes demands that I notarize documents that are blank except for the client’s signature, and even to make changes to documents that I’ve previously notarized. I would be interested in a post on how to deal with this issue.
Oh man, I hate to hear about notaries caught in these situations. The notary no-nos are patently obvious, but more important, what do you do if you’re the poor legal staffer stuck in this situation? I hear frequent complaints from legal staffers who are asked to perform, er, at best, irregular notarizations all the time by supervising attorneys.
As a notary, you took an oath to abide by the laws governing your commission, but as an employee, you’re trying to keep a roof over your head and buy groceries – at least until you can find another job where no one will ask you to commit notary stamp abuse.
I thought I would put this issue to my wonderful and experienced readers. How do you recommend that Anonymous deal with this thorny but not uncommon notary issue?