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Hotline Tip: Does The Judicial District Need To Be Specified On A Trust Deed?

I was asked to notarize a deed of trust that contained a blank space where the judicial district was supposed to be printed. The signer said it always appears this way, but I was under the impression that there should be no blank spaces in documents. Should I perform or reject this notarization? – A.M., Anchorage, AK

If you were referring to what is called the “venue” of the notarial certificate, the “judicial district” or the county or municipality must be included on that document in order to perform the notarization. In other words, the State of Alaska and Third Judicial District, for example, would be the venue of the notarization if performed in the Third Judicial District.

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