This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
. The possible reasons are legion. If you have been following my blog or have read about notarization on my fact filled and informative web site http://newyorkmobilenotarypublic.com this probably has not happened to you. But, I suppose there are many cases of being “stuck” with a bad notarization. The best solution is to track down the notary who made the mistake and have them redo the notarization. While deliberately backdating a notarization is a criminal offense, the reissue of a flawed notarization in commonplace. It’s not backdating because the statement the notary will sign is a true statement that on the date in question the notary did what it says in the notary section. Don’t look to the licensing authority of the notary to give you their home address or phone number. They will not. Sometimes you are able to find them on the internet, or are able to return to the place where the work was done initially. But what do you do if you are unable to contact the original notary for a correction? Your only option may be to have the document reproduced and re-notarized. “But the person who signed it is in France”, you lament. That is where the Apostille procedure can save the day. Properly notarized in France, and with the addition of a French Apostille, the document has the same status as if it was signed in New York City. Taking the problem one step further – suppose you also need the notarization date to be the original date, and not a new date. Only the original notary can provide that – a reissue of an event that they personally processed. http://kenneth-a-edelstein.com has frequently been involved in domestic and international situations where the need is to fix a notorial error. They are among the most difficult of all situations I encounter. Usually, I make a dedicated search to locate the “notary of record” and present them with the problem and ask for a redo. Not every problem has an acceptable solution. Your best defense is an ounce of prevention. Notaries are human, and even the most skilled are able to make a procedural error. In addition to hiring a skilled professional notary, it’s a good idea to have the document processed in duplicate. In extreme cases, where “a lot is on the line”, you might consider using a different notary for each copy. Thus, having the job done twice. To the untrained eye – the appearance of the notary stamp and signature constitutes a valid notarization; being unaware of the complete requirements as to format. The “bad notarization” issue is more common with documents that are “only” notarized. If the document is to receive the full Apostille process – errors by the notary are caught at the Apostille issuing office. But there the Apostille request is denied. The bottom line is always the same; it’s better to have the job done correctly the first time. If you do nothing else, look at my web site and read the section that describes the requirements for a full and proper notarization.