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Liberal woman ordered to comply with Kansas ‘notario publico’ law

Release Date: Nov 17, 2020

LIBERAL – (November 17, 2020) – A Seward County judge has ordered a Liberal woman to comply with a Kansas consumer protection law that requires proper disclosures by a notary public advertising its services in a language other than English, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Guadalupe Belmares, doing business as LB Services, has been permanently enjoined from representing herself as being a “notaria publica,” or any equivalent non-English term, without including the required disclosures under Kansas law. District Judge Linda P. Gilmore entered an order in Seward County District Court requiring Belmares to pay investigative fees and expenses in addition to complying with the “notario publico” law, the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and all other consumer protection rules and regulations in order to continuing doing business in the state.

Kansas law requires the disclosure, “I am not authorized to practice law and have no authority to give advice on immigration law or other legal matters,” for any notary public who is not admitted to the practice of law in Kansas and who advertises notarial services in a language other than English. The law was designed to protect Spanish-speaking consumers from confusion or deception because, in Spanish, the terms “notario publico” or “notaria publica” designate an individual who has received the equivalent of a license to practice law and represent clients.

A copy of the order is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org/judgments.  

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