Prohibited Acts (Ind. Code 33-42-2-2)
A notary public shall not do any of the following:
- Use any other name or initial in signing acknowledgments, other than that by which the notary has been commissioned.
- Acknowledge any instrument in which the notary's name appears as a party to the transaction.
- Take the acknowledgment or administer the oath to any person whom the notary actually knows
- has been adjudged mentally incompetent by the court; and
- b. is under the guardianship of another.
- Take the acknowledgment of any person who is blind, without first reading the instrument to the blind person.
- Take the acknowledgment of any person who does not speak or understand the English language, unless the nature and effect of the instrument to be notarized is translated into a language that the person does speak or understand.
- Acknowledge the execution of the following:
- an affidavit, unless the person acknowledges the truth of the statements in the affidavit; or
- an instrument, unless the person who executed the instrument does the following:
- Signs the instrument before the notary; or
- Affirms to the notary that the signature on the instrument is the person's own.
- Affix his/her name or signature to a blank certificate, affidavit, or acknowledgement and deliver that form to another person with intent for the document to be authenticated.
- Post-date or antedate any document.
- Exceed the scope of the duty of a notary by preparing or filling in blanks of legal documents.
Note: A notary public may notarize documents of family members.
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