Does anyone know the legalities of notarizing documents? I have a document that needs to be notarized which must be signed by both my mom and I; it is to collect money the State of Illinois found undeclared that is legally mine. Do both people need to be present with the notary? How can I do this when my mom is confined to a wheelchair in a nursing home, hasn't ever left the nursing home, and I'm doubtful, too, that she has the ability to sign her name. Help!