An attorney’s office sent a form for our client to notarize in California. The Jurat had the incorrect language in it and so I drew a line on the page near their language and said “see attached.” I attached the correct jurat and affixed my seal, etc. I got the document back and the other attorney told our office that you could not attach a loose certificate as I had. I looked in the handbook, but could not find anything specific as to attaching a loose certificate to a document. Does the handbook or the code say anything about attaching a loose certificate–specifically when the language on the original document was incorrect?
stancjones………..See attached link.
Specifically Page 4.
Also, the California Notary handbook does address this on Page 12 of the Handbook. “Any Jurat taken within this state shall be in the following form”. See example in handbook.
I do have a Jurat stamp with the correct wording so I don’t have to attach a loose certificate, but a loose certificate is perfectly acceptable. I line through their incorrect wording and have a stamp that says, “See attached California Compliant Certificate”. I then initial next to it. Sometimes there is no room for my Jurat stamp with correct wording for California and I have to attach a loose certificate. Send the California Newsletter to the Attorney which comes directly from the Secretary of State.
Thanks jmalone. I appreciate your help and I clearly see that I should look into getting a stamp as I have now notarized some 30 documents since becoming a notary and not one has had the correct language on it. I do appreciate your help. I will send the attorney the newsletter as well. Thanks again and take care –stancjones
By the way stancjones, you can get a Jurat stamp here on this site. Look at Notary Supplies above. By the way, I do not work for Notary.Net, just like the Notary Board. 🙂
thanks for sharing…. Again, I have learnt something new from this case… 🙂