What Does Acknowledged Mean In Regards To New York Estate Law?

Definition of ACKNOWLEDGED:

(noun) / proven in the same manner as a deed required to be acknowledged, proven, or authenticated prior to recording in a county clerk’s office 

This, somewhat opened-ended, definition is provided by the New York Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act. But it begs the questions—in what manner must a deed be acknowledged in order to be recorded?

Here’s the answer: 

A deed is ‘acknowledged’ when the certificate of a notary, commissioner of deeds, or other person designated by statute, that the person purporting to have executed the deed appeared personally before the officer and acknowledged that he or she executed it.

Plain English translation: a document is acknowledged when the signature of the person signing it is notarized.

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