What Is a Notary Signing Agent?

PUBLISHED 
Sep 5, 2017
| BY
Pat Kinsel

The American Signing Agents Association Inc defines the signing agent as, "A signing agent is a trusted professional, usually a state-commissioned notary public, that performs the closing ceremony for real estate transactions, mortgage loan transactions, legal process transactions and other similar transactions where an independent third party is requested. A signing agent should ensure that they are disinterested in the transaction and have a mutual obligation to all parties to remain objective, neutral to any position, ensure awareness of document contents by affiant and make a reasonable effort to prevent fraud and protect affiants from coercion.”

A signing agent must remain impartial to the transaction and adhere to the notary laws of their state or jurisdiction. Signing agents are prohibited from giving legal advice or interpreting the meaning of any terms or documents.

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