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Posted - 05/02/2010 :  2:27:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbelmont's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Backdating is a crime and you should not do it unless you are willing to lose your notary commission and possibly be in legal trouble. Its common for notaries to backdate, and common for signing companies to pressure you into doing it. If a loan needs to be signed on a particular date for a borrower to not lose their lock on their interest rate, and the loan is behind schedule, they might ask the notary to backdate. Don't do it. If the lender is behind schedule, that is their own fault, and don't let them get you in trouble just to get them out of trouble.

You might lose a customer if you refuse to backdate. Be prepared to lose business as a result of being prudent. You can always get another customer, but you can not get another notary commission if yours gets revoked for fraud.

What is backdating?
Backdating means putting a date on a signature or notary certificate that is previous to the actual date a signing took place on.

Document dates?
Documents often have a document date. This date is within the body of a document and has no relationship to the date the document is signed although they are often on the same day. Dont' confuse the document date with the signature date and the date of the notarization which could be three separate dates.

Further reading
A notary's story being asked to backdate.

Being asked to backdate

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