Notary Public Duties

A Florida mother is suing the UPS store over her son’s kidnapping. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Florida mother Rachelle Smith was reunited with her four-year-old son 300 days after he was kidnapped and brought to Lebanon by his father. The father is in jail awaiting trial for parental kidnapping. Smith has filed a lawsuit against a UPS store because she claims that the father was able to get her son a passport even though the documents to get him one require signature by both parents.

The UPS store’s notary, according to the suit, notarized a forgery of her signature even though she hadn’t signed it and wasn’t at the store when it was done. Under the law, a notary public serves as a witness in preventing fraud in the signing of important documents by ensuring that people aren’t being forced to sign documents under duress and to make sure that the person who is signing is who he claims to be, which they do by making sure the document is signed in front of them and that the signer presents ID. It may seem like a hassle to have documents notarized but this case shows it is more than just a clerical procedure.

From The Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

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