A settlement company sent out a blast email today with the following:
"We have recently seen that there is a lack of acknowledgement to both the individual and trustee in the notary block.
Please ensure that when there is a vesting in trust that you are recognizing the individual AND the trustee as seen below:
State of Oregon___
County of _Lane
**This record was acknowledged before me on January 6th, 2022 by John Doe, and Jane Doe INDIVIDUALLY; AND as Trustees of the John Doe and Jane Doe revocable trust dated January 6th, 2022."
I am not so sure this is correct. As notaries, we witness a signature that matched an ID that matches a document. I know of no instance where we witness a title–As Trustee–any more than we witness a title as an officer of a company. Someone signs the docs John Doe, President, we acknowledge John Doe, not John Doe, President. Truly, we have no way to verify if Mr. Doe is President of anything, and it’s certainly not our job to do that anyway. That should have been done long before we arrive on the scene.
This same settlement service completes the acknowledgement section on their DOT’s with the full vesting, such as “John Doe and Jane Doe, as Community Property with…” I have been crossing out that language for months and they haven’t said boo about it, nor should they.
Thoughts on this?