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The New York Department of State said yesterday it has adopted new rules designed to deter notaries public from seeking clients for legal services they are not authorized to perform. The regulations, which add a new Part 200 to Title 19 NYCRR, prohibit notaries from advertising their services in foreign languages that falsely represent or imply they are licensed attorneys authorized to practice law. Those notaries who do advertise in New York in foreign languages must include the following disclaimer in their ad materials: “I am not an attorney licensed to practice law and may not give legal advice about immigration or any other legal matter or accept fees for legal advice.”

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