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What is a Notary Public?
A notary may be called a public witness, since their main purpose and usefulness is in providing a permanent record of people's important acts. If a person does something of vital commercial or legal concern and later forgets or denies that he did it, the notary's record is there to clear the matter.
What does a Notary Public do?
As a notary, the most frequent service I perform as a notary is the simple one of taking someone's acknowledgment. An acknowledgment is the solemn statement of a person that he or she signed a paper of his or her own free will. I verify the person's identity, presses mynotary seal on the paper and signs it where the notary is meant to sign.
What a Notary Public can not do.
A notary is not a lawyer, and may not practice law. I may not draft legal instruments.
Are Notaries Really Needed?
Every real estate office needs the services of a notary, as do banks, lawyers, some physicians, corporate offices, building managers, individuals, and all court houses.
Here some things you should know when you call a Notary Public
All signers must be present to sign the document.
Do Not sign the document or documents ahead of time. The Notary must be present to witness the signing of the document(s).
All signers must have proper photo identification to present to the Notary.
The Notary is not a lawyer, and by law cannot answer any questions you might have about your document. If you are uncertain about anything, please be sure to contact your lawyer, or whoever provided you with the form before you see the Notary.
Please feel free to contact me, via telephone, or E-mail, if you have any questions about the procedure of having a document notarized. I'll be glad to help.
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