Can the owner of a construction company notarize the signatures on his subcontractors lien waivers if he sees them sign the waivers?

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Can the owner of a construction company notarize the signatures on his subcontractors lien waivers if he sees them sign the waivers?

Asked on July 4, 2013 under Business Law, Indiana

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Only if he is actually a notary. Only licensed notaries and attorneys (who are automatically, by dint of being lawyers, allowed to notarize) may act as a notary. Many banks have notaries on staff; it should be possible to go into the construction company's (or owner's personal) bank with the subcontractor and get the forms notarized.


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