If a signing is for a property located in the State of Georgia, the settlement agent must be a Georgia attorney in order for a Georgia notary to notarize. If the settlement agent is a Georgia attorney closing on a Georgia property, then a Georgia notary can notarize under the supervision of the attorney. It would be consider direct supervision if the attorney is the settlement agent.
Georgia notaries can notarize for out of state properties if the signer is in GA. Some will disagree, but it’s all a matter of interpretation.
Note that in the GA Senate Bill 365, it states that the ONE attorney must handle all aspects of the closings in Georgia. I think beforehand that other attorney signing agents were inserting themselves in the process and doing the signings as witness only.
I’m not an attorney so don’t hold me to it but this is my understanding and this opinion has been shared with me by other attorneys. You can ask a 100 people and get 100 different answers. Even attorneys will give different answers because they want to make the $$$. I hope this helps and has not confused you even more. Keep researching and do what you feel comfortable doing. -