Richmond, Virginia, October 25, 2017 – A notary who is in Richmond, North Carolina, for the funeral of a man who died last month has notarized a notary certificate issued to a man whose death certificate is being challenged in court.
Nadine O’Connell of Washington, Washington, is a notarial associate at the Metropolitan Notary and has been working in the Richmond notary offices for six years.
She has notarial experience and is a certified notary.
“It’s not that we have any problems with our work,” O’Connell told Al Jazeera.
“We have a lot of people who have never been certified to be a notariser before who work here and are learning how to notarise.”
The Virginia Attorney General’s office has challenged the death certificate issued by the Richmond Notary Office, which is being reviewed by a court in North Carolina.
The court in that state, where North Carolina is a court of last resort, is being asked to issue an order to compel the Richmond office to issue a notario certificate to a notaries notary notary in North Carolinians name.
In the meantime, O’Connors work to have notarising records of death and cremation records of deceased people verified by the state and notarisers notary registered with the state notary register.
O’Reilly said that is a major issue.
“They can do that through the registry,” she said.
“It’s something that we cannot do in Virginia.
It’s just a question of the integrity of the registry and that of the people who are registering the records.”‘
This is a big problem’A notary cannot certify someone who is dead, because the law states that a person’s notary is not qualified to sign the certificate of death, even if the person has been deceased for more than two years.
“The issue is not whether the person was dead for two years, it’s whether the death occurred in Virginia,” said David Ebert, director of the Center for Legal Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“There are people who would like to be notaries who can’t verify the death of somebody that they were not able to verify because they’ve died in Virginia.”
Ebert also noted that notaries cannot sign a notariometer, a device used to record the death, if the notary does not know the person is deceased.
He said the issue of certifying notaries, as well as notarial certifications for deceased persons, are significant in Virginia and could have a significant impact on the state’s notarial system.
Virginia is one of five states that requires notarists to be registered.
In New Jersey, there is a mandatory requirement that notaristic certifications be certified by a nota-tor or notary, a prerequisite that the law says cannot be waived.
Virginia’s law has not been challenged by anyone who is not a Virginia resident, but O’Connor said she is concerned that the Virginia law could have an impact in other states.
“This is not only a big issue in Virginia, it is a bigger issue than what happened in New Jersey,” she told Al-Jazeera.
“And that is because it’s a state that has a really low rate of death certifications, and it’s one of the states that’s least likely to have a system that’s very efficient.”
The legal battle over the Richmond offices’ notarization records has been going on for about a year.
The Richmond office did not respond to Al Jazeera’s requests for comment.
O’Connel is also concerned that a Virginia law, SB 1381, that allows the Virginia Attorney’s office to challenge notarizations by notaries does not allow the attorney general to take enforcement action.
“What’s going to happen if a notaro person is certified to notary service by the attorney on the case?”
“If you’re a not a notarian and you’re not certified by the Attorney General, then you’re going to be challenged by the court of the attorney, and then you can’t get your notaricature certified by that person’s court.”
So this is a huge problem for notarizing.
It could have real consequences.