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Before taking acknowledgement or oath of any person, the notary public shall ascertain whether the person executing the instrument knows the contents of the instrument. If the person does not know the contents, the notary shall take steps to ensure the person knows the contents before taking the oath or acknowledgement.
In the event a notary public does not know the person presenting the instrument for notarization, the notary should do the following:
A notary public shall at the time of signing the certificate of acknowledgement, oath, or instrument, append to the instrument the date of expiration of his/her commission, his/her county of residence, and the date the instrument was notarized.
Each notary, in addition to affixing his name, expiration date, and seal, shall print or type his name immediately beneath his signature on a certificate of acknowledgement, jurat, or other official document, unless his name appears in one of the following places:
The notary also shall indicate his county of residence on the document. (Ind. Code 33-42-2-9)
When notarizing documents for the purposes of recording, the notary public must ensure the following: