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High school forgery vs. foreclosures

As you might imagine, we’ve been talking an awful lot about the recent foreclosure kerfuffle here at The Daily Record — wondering where the story might go, who it might affect next and what the implications are for the lawyers who let their notaries sign affidavits for them.

At our weekly law staff meeting Wednesday morning, I mentioned that if high schools kept parent signatures on file, I might have gotten into a lot of trouble back then.

Chalk it up to teenagers being teenagers, but I was chronically late and I occasionally signed my mom’s name to notes excusing me from being tardy. (Forget dad’s signature, I could never replicate his scribbled mess.)

Mom even authorized it at times when I was running out the door for school the day after being home sick and she was running out to work. Guess we both have the late gene.

OK, so I signed an absence note once or twice my senior year for a cut day with my girlfriends, but it never got worse than that. Certainly not on the same level as signing an affidavit — sworn testimony — for someone else.

Most lawyers I’ve talked to think the affidavit situation is totally inexcusable, but is there ever an occasion where authorizing someone else to sign for you would be acceptable?