Okay, thanks. If you scroll up to the top, on my screen it says Originating Region: Sweden. That must be an error on our end. I know that most notaries work as regular employees in businesses related to real estate, banking, legal services, insurance etc...providers where attesting signatures is sometimes required. The Notary commission is a held as a side function. The only notary function most notaries ever perform is to witness signatures, so I'm still curious as to what kind of "think tank" advice you are seeking and for what "monumental task".
This seems to be a pretty comprehensive FAQ about the Notary laws put out by the TX Secretary of State. http://www.nationalnotary.org/texas/index.html?WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=BSTXBG&referID=SEARCH&gclid=CI7g2fj0zLQCFcsWMgodGh0AiQ
Also, this outfit says they offer a Notary School and courses on line. Perhaps you haven't seen it. I doubt that there is any course taught in law schools or business schools on notary law, so finding an actual professor will be very difficult.
I wish you luck and thanks for bringing your question to Just Answer/ Pearl.com. I'll submit this as an Answer should you wish to (positive) rate it. If not, you can opt me out and perhaps ZDNLaw will be able to pick it up later.
Every state has differing laws on what powers a notary has. Some like Montana require the notary to keep a record of every notarization. See: http://sos.mt.gov/notary/Journal/index.asp Thank goodness mine has no such requirement:
Indiana notary has the authority to: Take acknowledgments
Administer oaths and affirmations
Take and certify affidavits
Take and certify depositions
Perform other acts authorized by law
We post a token bond and do not carry liability insurance.
So I'm not sure where your concept of notary powers comes from. The good news is that you can easily find the Notary laws of all 50 states on line. Finding court cases or treatises dealing with those statutes will be far more difficult and very time consuming. I am afraid that this exhausts my entire storehouse of knowledge on this subject, so I would appreciate your positive rating.
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