Michigan notaries are not attorneys licensed to practice law.
The information on this site is for your general information only. It does NOT constitute legal advice;
it should NOT substitute for legal advice from an attorney.
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If there is no notarial wording on your document, you must choose which form to use. Notaries cannot advise you on your choice of form. If you do not know what type of notarial certificate your document requires, please contact the author of the document, or the document recipient, and have them advise you regarding what type of form you should use.
This is the most frequent type of notarization. Acknowledging a document means that the properly identified signer personally appeared before the notary on the date & in the county indicated, that the signer either signs in front of the notary or acknowledges that s/he did indeed sign the document as well as acknowledging that the document was signed without coercion & that the signer is aware of the documents contents.
The second most frequent type of notarization, often called an affidavit. For a Jurat, the signer must personally appear before the notary & either swears, or affirms, to the truthfulness of the document & its contents, & sign the document in the presence of the notary.
Documents I Cannot Notarize
• Vital Certificates: Birth, Marriage, Death, Divorce etc.,
• Faxed or copied signatures
• Incomplete documents
• Signer not present (except for: Proof of Execution by Subscribing Witness)
• Improper ID (need 2 disinterested Credible Witnesses)