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E-signatures and e-notaries: How far will new technology go?

October 14th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

10-14-2013 3-00-54 PM

A notary’s job is to ensure an individual signing documents appears in person, is properly identified and acknowledges his signature in front of a trusted and impartial witness. The notary is the eyes and ears making sure the signer intends to sign, is competent to sign and is not being forced to sign the document. Technology and legislation, such as the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA), allow notaries and the signers to conduct the entire transaction electronically. but is that the best way?

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  1. Linda Ann Frezza
    October 15th, 2013 at 09:55 | #1

    My opinion is that what Notary Cam is talking about is great in theory but – how do you verify the signers identification and how do you know that the signer has not been
    forced – in the background with a gun to their back to sign these documents. They are leaving a lot to the imagaination here and I imagine that there is alot that could go wrong with this scenario.
    If we can do that, will we also be able to marry someone online ? – I don’t think so.
    If the document is important enough to you, the signer; then you can go to or have a Notary come to you – what about witnesses – how do you get everyone concerned in the same camera screen. I foresee a lot of lawsuits using this one. Good Luck with that.

  2. Linda Ann Frezza
    October 15th, 2013 at 10:07 | #2

    My opinion is that what Notary Cam is talking about is great in theory – but how do you verify the signers identification – especially a military identification and how do you know that the signer has not been forced – in the background with a gun to their back, to sign these documents. There is alot left to the imagination here and alot could go wrong with this scenario. I have a security issue with this and many questions. Does this mean you can perform a Notarized Marriage and Adoption online? How about verification of Auto Id Vin #’s and what about contents of a safe deposit box?
    If the document is important enough to you, the signer; then you can take the time needed to find a Notary or pay a little to have the convenience of having one come to you.
    I also take issue with getting all signers in the same video screen along with witnesses. If you don’t get everyone in the same screen, how do you even know if they are in the same room? I foresee many lawsuits using this method. Good Luck with that.
    Personally, I would Never do this for anything as important as a Notarization.

  3. October 15th, 2013 at 10:34 | #3

    Thanks for your post Linda..we verify signers authenticty by having them appear in person, show proof with a government issued photo ID and then ask them a random set of questions that they would need to answer correctly ebfore moving forward with the notarization. The signer and notary are looking/speaking to each other and our professional notary’s will attest to state of mind during ceremony. Also, the ceremony can be attended by signers and witnesses (up to 10 people) in the same session.
    NotaryCam is live an in full production and actually, yes, marriages could be performed live with husband and wife in same or different locations. Think deployed soldier overseas…hope this makes sense?

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