by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Friday, July 07, 2017, 17:51 (345 days ago)

I recently needed some documents notarized, that is to say, verification of my signature by a U.S. registered notary.

This subject has been visited before and I am just confirming your available options. All this after confirming by local friends such as lady M and U.S. authorities and attorneys.

I found 3 options:

1. Have a current Power of Attorney in place before you leave home. Make sure it is "in effect upon signing" and not "in effect upon evidence of a physician of your ability to sign" (a locally licensed physician may not be acceptable and the physician's statement may have to be notarized-a real Catch 22. I learned all this the hard way when a Title Company would not accept a POA to sign documents for the sale of my home.

2. U.S. Embassies and Consulates (Acapulco for example) can provide notary service BUT only by appointment on certain days of the week AND they are notorious for long wait times and cancellations.

3. Bite the bullet and return to U.S. and sign the documents in presence of Notary.

I learned all this as my house in AZ sold and I have to present Notarized documents SO I will fly to Phoenix one day, stay in a motel and have an on site courtesy closing by a Notary who will come to the Motel and return on the 3rd day. Expensive but my preferred option.

Note: You can have a POA drawn up in Mexico but it is not good in the U.S. as it has to be witnessed and Notarized!!

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