• Ohio Supreme Court Disciplines Attorney for Falsely Notarizing Signatures on Affidavits
  • March 7, 2006 | Authors: Isaac Schulz; Natalie M. Hostacky
  • Law Firm: Ulmer & Berne LLP - Cleveland Office
  • On December 14, 2005, the Ohio Supreme Court reaffirmed that when notarizing a document, the signer must sign the document in the notary's presence. In Mahoning County Bar Assn. v. Melnick, 107 Ohio St.3d 240, 2005-Ohio-6265, the Ohio Supreme Court disciplined an attorney, by public reprimand, for notarizing signatures on affidavits because the attorney was not present when the affidavits were signed. This case is truly a cautionary tale for all lawyers and notaries in Ohio.