Determining a Signer’s Awareness

Notaries are not required to be experts in medicine or psychology. Nonetheless, you should still be conscious of whether a signer appears knowledgeable and prepared to do business that needs to be notarized. This thorough assessment of a person’s transaction awareness is mandated by law in some places.

Examining a signer’s awareness typically entails determining if they are sufficiently conscious to comprehend what is happening as they sign documents. The following are the most typical scenarios where a signer’s consciousness may be jeopardized:

  • A senior signer who is confused or has medical issues.
  • Heavy drug users, such as those who will soon have surgery or are receiving hospice care.
  • Signers who are too intoxicated to understand what they are saying.