If the person who is supposed to sign a document for notarization is not physically able to do so, he or she may designate another person to sign on his or her behalf. The designee MUST be a "disinterested party"--in other words, someone who will NOT benefit from the transaction. In addition, the designation must occur in front of two "disinterested" witnesses AND the ntotary. The notary must put specific language on the form. The parties that need this type of notarization should contact a local notary for further instruction.
If the person who is supposed to sign the document cannot be present with notary and witnesses to designate the other person to sign, he or she should provide a power-of-attorney that gives the other person power to conduct the transaction in question on his or her behalf. They should contact a local attorney for help preparing an appropriate power of attorney.
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