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Can I notarize documents for the blind?

October 4, 2011

Notarize for the blindOn several occasions I’ve been asked to notarize documents for either blind or visually impaired people. Since a blind person cannot read the document and therefore understand the content of the document it is not legal for a Notary Public to notarize the document unless the Notary Public reads the entire document to the blind person. However, to avoid the unauthorized practice of law, a Notary Public must not attempt to explain the document (FS 117.05[14][a]}.

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