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FAQ of a Notary

What Is A Notary?

 

Simply put a Notary act as an official, impartial witness to help prevent fraud, an unbiased witness to the identity and signature of the person who comes before the Notary for a specific purpose.  The person may be taking an oath, giving oral or written testimony, acknowledging his or her signature on a legal document. In each case, the notary attests that the person appearing before the Notary is who that person claims to be.

 

What Are Notarial Acts?

 

There are 5 basic acts: 1) taking acknowledgements, 2) administering oaths and affirmations, 3) Certifying affidavits or depositions, 4) certifying "true copies" of documents, 5) performing jurats

 

Does Notarizing A Document Legalize Or Validate A Document?

 

No, notarizing does not mean the document is true.

 

What Is A Loan Signing Agent?

 

A Notary Loan Signing Agent or NSA/LSA is a Notary who has special training to handle loan document signings. Title companies and signing services hire NSAs to deliver loan documents to borrowers, oversee the signing and return the documents.

What is the purpose of a notary public?

 

A notary public is a person of integrity who is appointed to act as an impartial witness to the signing of an important transaction and to perform a notarial act, which validates the transaction. A notary’s primary purpose is to prevent fraud and forgery by requiring the personal presence of the signer and satisfactorily identifying the signer.

 

What does it mean to "notarize a signature"?

 

“Notarize a signature” is a generic phrase used when administering an oath or taking an acknowledgment, the two most common notarial acts.

 

Can I Use Expired ID?

 

No. Identification must be up to date and have the same name as the documents being signed.

 

If I Have Trouble Understanding Them, Can You Explain All The Legal Terms?

 

No. We are not lawyers and cannot explain what the terms mean. All the legal terms are explained and defined in the document. If you have more detailed questions, we always defer to whomever drew up the documents.

 

What Can I Expect During The Process?

 

You can depend on us to keep you informed of any changes or delays that may be happening prior to the process.

 

How Do I Know My Information Is Safe?

 

Our background has taught us to value and protect every client’s privacy and handle all matters with discretion. We are also commissioned by the State, which is something we take very seriously.

 

Can I Contact You At Any time To Notarize A Document?

 

Yes, our website and form are available 24/7. Just fill in the form at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

If I'm "Feeling Lost" During The Signing, Do I Have To Sign?

 

No! We will not pressure you or rush you to sign. Additionally, if you are not comfortable signing, you are free to stop the process at any time.

 

Can You Advise Me On What To Do?

 

No, we are Notaries and our role is to witness signatures and verify your identity. We are not attorneys. We do not practice law or give legal advice.


 

Please Read These Instructions Carefully Before Scheduling An Appointment.

The Notary Public Laws Require Notaries To Take Special Precautions Before Notarizing Documents:

  • The document or form requiring notarization must be completely filled out. We do not draw up documents nor help you with filling out the document*

  • All signer(s) must be present at the time of the appointment

  • All signer(s) must provide an original federal or state issued photo I.D., non-expired

  • The signer(s) must be of sound mind, alert, and mentally competent

  • The signer must want to sign the document being notarized

Reasons Why Your Document Was Not Notarized

  • The signer is not physically present at the time of appointment

  • The document is incomplete or blank

  • The signer has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated and has not been restored to capacity as a matter of record

  • The signer cannot produce acceptable identification

  • The signer appears to be intoxicated, sedated, or disoriented

  • The notary knows or suspects that the transaction is illegal, false, or deceptive

  • The notary believes that the signer is being coerced or does not understand the consequences of signing the document

  • The signer or witnesses do not agree to signing the document

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