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Case of the Day: Gyger v. Clement

Posted on November 6, 2020

The case of the day is Gyger v. Clement (N.C. 2020). The mother and the father were unmarried and had had a romantic relationship in North Carolina. They had two children, both born in Switzerland. In 2007, the mother brought an action in a Swiss court to establish paternity, and for child support. The Swiss court entered a default judgment against the father, and the Swiss central authority registered the Swiss order with the North Carolina Office of Child Support and Enforcement. The father sought to vacate the registered order on the grounds that the father had not been served in the Swiss proceedings. The mother sought relief and submitted an affidavit, but the court denied the motion. I assume that if the court…

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Massachusetts Readies for Remote Notary Practice

Posted on April 24, 2020

The Massachusetts General Court (our legislature) has passed a bill allowing for notaries to take oaths and acknowledgments in certain circumstances remotely during the state of emergency the Governor declared during the pandemic. I am on record here at Letters Blogatory as generally opposing such laws for a variety of reasons, but in the current emergency the law seems to me to be necessary and appropriate, and I think the drafters have done a good job addressing the problem while minimizing the downsides to allowing the practice.

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Editorial: Notarize Is Not The Right Answer

Posted on October 18, 2016

I saw an ad recently for a company called Notarize, Inc. Here is the pitch: Thanks to the commonwealth of Virginia, no matter where you live in the U.S., your documents can now be notarized online by a trusted notary. Upload and annotate any document, verify your identity, and connect with an eNotary in minutes. All handled securely through the Notarize app. Once done, print or share your notarized document electronically. Notarize from anywhere in the world with your device. All you need is a webcam, Valid ID, and your document.

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