Thursday, January 6, 2011
Matter of Essien, ____A.D.3d___, 2010 N.Y. Slip Op. 06512 (1st Dep't. August 31, 2010), reminds us that no matter how easy it might be to do, a lawyer should never, repeat never, notarize a signature if he did not see the person sign the document. This lawyer did just that. He was disciplined by the 1st Department with a public censure.
Of course, notaries should also never falsely notarize a dcoument and if they do they can loose their license.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein