Trust Signings

A trust is a legal entity, also known as a “trust estate”, which is normally formed through the execution of certain legal documents by a person, known as the settlor, who sets up the trust. The four most important items to remember when doing a trust signing is

1. Follow the same identification requirements as other common real estate signings.

2. Understand that all trust signings are unique and there’s not a standard format or composition. Never hesitate to reach out to the hiring party to ask questions and get clarifications before your appointment.

3. With AWU we ask you do NOT sign trustee after any other signatures UNLESS we specifically ask you to do so which we will add to the notes section of the order. However, when signing for other signing services it is a good idea to clarify how the hiring party wants the trust documents signed. Don’t assume your know-how, always specify their preference as these vary on a case-by-case basis.

4. It is important to make sure you are notarizing the individual even when he/she is signing for the trust. As a notary you can not notarize someone in their capacity, you can only notarize them as individuals. So if you see pre-printed verbiage in the acknowledgments you should line out the trustee verbiage after their names and initial next to the cross-outs.