Obtain a Signature Guarantee
You can obtain a signature guarantee from a bank, savings and loan association, trust company, credit union, or Broker/Dealer. Most institutions will only provide a guarantee to their clients.
A person who guarantees the signature of the originator of an instruction warrants that at the time of signing:
- The signature was genuine,
- The signer was an appropriate person to originate the instruction, and
- The signer had legal capacity to sign.
A signature guarantee provides financial backing that a signature is authentic.
Is a notary acceptable in place of a signature guarantee?
No, because a notary does not guarantee the authenticity of the signature. A notarization is simply a seal that is placed on a document that has been sworn or acknowledged by the signer. It does not have financial backing like a signature guarantee.
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