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What is an Acknowledgment?

A notary acknowledgment is a formal declaration made by a notary public indicating that the signer of a document appeared before them and acknowledged that they signed the document of their own free will and without coercion. The notary acknowledgment is typically a statement that is added to the document, which includes the notary's signature, seal, and other identifying information.

The notary acknowledgment serves as a certification that the signer's identity was verified by the notary and that the signer understood the contents of the document they signed. This verification helps to prevent fraud and ensures the integrity of the document.

Notary acknowledgments are commonly required for legal documents such as deeds, wills, powers of attorney, and contracts. The specific language and format of a notary acknowledgment may vary by state or jurisdiction, so it's important to check with the notary or the appropriate authority to ensure that the acknowledgment meets the legal requirements of the jurisdiction where the document will be used.

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