Notary Bulletin

Is Your Assignment Coming
From A Legitimate Firm?

With so many loan modification companies advertising their services, it can seem a daunting task to tell the legitimate from the unscrupulous. State and federal officials suggest a few guidelines to help you sort it out:

  • If you are asked to notarize loan modification documents for a transaction taking place directly between the actual lender and the borrower, it is likely to be legitimate.
  • Check the references of any company offering work that claims to be affiliated with the government or uses a government name as part of its title. The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides a list of government-approved foreclosure avoidance counselors and organizations that do not charge for their services here:
  • Confirm with the appropriate state agency  often the attorney generals office  that the business is authorized to offer loan modification services in your state.
  • Contact your state bar or attorney generals office to verify the credentials of any law firm offering you loan-modification-related work, as some companies fraudulently pose as lawyers or claim to be lawyer-advised.
  • Check a companys rating with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints about its services.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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