Post dating legal documents

Everyone involved should check that the words correctly state their agreement before they sign and date the contract.

As a Notary Public you are, in addition to other duties, responsible for the documents completeness, the borrower’s competency, identity, and that they appear before you on the date as shown on your Jurats or Acknowledgments.

There is nothing that says you can not notarize a document prior to its pre-dated date.

All conscientious and law-abiding notaries will decline to proceed with a notarial act if asked or pressured to perform a prohibited act.

While some customers view this as an inconvenience, they should instead appreciate the notary’s efforts to ensure a lawfully executed transaction.

Everyone involved should get a copy of the signed contract.

These prohibitions are designed to protect the public and help ensure the credibility and integrity of transactions involving notaries.

When you agree to buy something now and pay for it later or take out a loan, you enter into a contract.

It is between you and the person or organisation that you bought or borrowed from.

Documents are occasionally fraudulently backdated to make them appear as though they were issued or signed much earlier.

In such cases, the backdating of documents can often be proved by closely inspecting the type of paper, ink, typewriting or printed information that is present on the questioned document.

In many states, you must also record the dated dates of the documents in your notary journal. What if the dated pre-dates of the documents are later than your signing date?