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February 10, 2016

On the subject of Attorney Notaries

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 10:10 am

Many countries around the world do not allow regular folks to become Notaries. They only allow certain professions in the legal realm to do Notary work. The United States is refreshingly different in this respect. In America, any non-felonous adult can apply for a Notary commission. Most states don’t even require you to be a citizen, although you usually have to be a resident of the state in question or in some cases a neighboring state. Some states allow Attorneys to become Notaries just by asking and without passing an exam. But, what does Jeremy at say about Attorney Notaries?

Unfortunately, I had the displeasure of giving my informal phone quiz to a number of Attorney Notaries. I initially and erroneously thought that because they were Attorneys, that they would therefor be stronger in their thinking and Notary skills. In real life, they did more poorly on my quiz than non-Attorney Notaries. Perhaps instead of ONLY allowing Attorneys to be Notaries, we should only allow non-Attorneys to become Notaries. Basic Notary knowledge and skills were completely lacking. The ability to explain Notary law concepts was not there either. Rudimentary knowledge of identifying signers was not even present.

In my opinion, the fault here is with the states. I feel that having fifty unique states is a great idea. I also like the idea that each state can be proud of their uniqueness(es). However, only Louisiana and California have adequate standards for commissioning Notaries with detailed handbooks, tough exams, and California is even doing journal auditing these days (watch out!) The other states often just have people fill out an application and mail them a seal. The Notaries haven’t a clue what to do. Should I blame the Notaries for not knowing what they are doing when nobody was required to train them?

Additionally, I feel that the states should send pretend clients to ask Notaries to do illegal things. If the Notaries comply, then the state should revoke their commission. Most Notaries do not understand Notary law, and the few that do, are more often than not, very willing to break it. So, if the state doesn’t keep them straight, we will continue to have a bunch of fraudulent Notaries and lenders wreaking havoc!

I feel that Attorneys who stoop to the level of doing loan signings are far from being at the peak of their professions and are desperate to make a living. I speculate that many of them cannot survive by practicing law and do Notary work to make ends meet. I have not seen superior legal understanding in the few Attorneys that I interviewed. I understand that there are many other Attorney Notaries who I did not have the pleasure of quizzing. I hope they are better.

If you are an Attorney Notary reading this. Please do not take offense. I am just writing about my experience which is real. However, I do take offense that there is even a single Attorney Notary in the United States who is lacking in any way shape or form in their understanding or ability to explain basic Notary law and concepts.


February 9, 2016

Notaries for 2 Big USA Problems

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — admin @ 12:25 pm

Notaries for 2 Big USA Problems
Not wanting to keep you in suspense, first let me state the two big problems. The first is a lack of understanding and appreciation for folks who are, for whatever reason; different. The second problem is, as perceived by many; a distrust of our government, at virtually all levels. The classic joke is “We are from the Govt. and we are here to help you”. That statement alone will make many clam up and, if possible; avoid any further interaction.

Over the years I have notarized the spectrum of human existence. They come in all shapes and sizes. They come in many different colors and varied backgrounds. They have a variety of religions and various personal preferences as to how they lead their lives. Perhaps I have missed some characterizations, if so; consider them included in those who I provide notary services. My state laws (New York) require only two things: they have proper ID, and can communicate with me in the only language I am fluent: English; to understand and accept the notary oath.

With that said, my proposal is quite simple. We, as representatives of the “Government” seek out and provide free services, on an occasional but regular basis; targeting those who are as different as possible from how we perceive ourselves. If your skin is green, and you have two sets of genitalia, (both male and female); seek out a facility that caters to blue skinned eunuchs. Yes, that did “stretch the point”, but that was to illustrate the concept.

Identify yourself as being, (in my case) a commissioned officer representing the State Dept. of the State of New York. Sounds pompous? Perhaps, but the affiliation to local government must be clearly understood by those you will serve. This is not “rush time”. There is a good reason most of us have two ears and one mouth. We are supposed to use them in that ratio. Take the time to listen and learn a bit about the people, their beliefs and values. Though they may look, speak, and differ with you on many things; you will discover that you share basically the same values and aspirations.

Perhaps you will receive a chilly reception, fraught with suspicion and doubt. That’s great; it is the essence of why you are there; to turn those feelings around. Chances are you too will have some trepidation about being in such a “strange” environment. Strange perhaps, but I doubt that it will be hostile. You are offering both your personal time and a service, both at no charge. It’s an old axiom that it is the teacher who learns more from the students than teaches to the students. In a similar manner you will grow, intellectually and emotionally.

As notaries we have much to offer. We know “the system”, and are able to assist those who do not. Not “playing lawyer” of course, but nobody will be angry with you for explaining that driver licenses are obtained from the motor vehicle department, and birth certificates from, in my case; the department of vital records.

Did you ever play with a “bar magnet” when you were a kid? It has a North and a South end. If you have two of them you quickly learn that the two poles that are similar repel each other. And the reverse is also true. The North end attracts the South end. It’s the same with people if you just give “them” and “yourself” a chance.


February 8, 2016

Snapdocs, this is what we’ve learned about their Notaries

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — admin @ 6:24 am

I recently visited Snapdocs to see how good their Notaries are. I called a dozen or so to sort of dip my toe in the water so to speak. Here are some quick facts based on my experience:

1. Snapdocs mostly brand new Notaries. New Notaries are often very enthusiastic and excited about learning.

2. The # of signings listed on Snapdocs is not an accurate number. It reflects how many loans were signed through their affiliation with Snapdocs and not in total.

3. Many of the numbers I called on Snapdocs were disconnected

4. Many of the Notaries on Snapdocs do not answer their phone.

5. Most of the Notaries on Snapdocs are not listed on other Notary directories which is refreshing.

6. Information on profiles on Snapdocs is very limited

7. Snapdocs has a very good document downloading system and we’ve heard they have a good loan assignment dispatch system as well.

8. Snapdocs is very popular and has thousands of Notaries on their site which is unusual for such a new directory (except for the new directories that copied all of our listings and then went out of business.)

I don’t know if I would recommend for or against Snapdocs, but they are the only Notary directory that has caught on since 123notary became popular in 2002 — and that is exciting! Let’s see where their newly found success takes them.


February 5, 2016

Welcome to the Notary Zoo!

Filed under: Virtual Comedy Themes — admin @ 6:55 am

Welcome to the Notary Zoo!

After visiting the Notary Zoo for the first time, I noticed that things were a little “different” there. There were animals that didn’t exist in real life, and situations that were often opposite of what they normally were.

Before entering the zoo, right before the entrance, you see a huge venue carved into the granite floor. The venue says, “State of California, County of Los Angeles.” I’m glad the zoo helps me remember where I am because at that place, it’s easy to forget. Then, I went to pay my entrance fee. There was a huge sign saying that all customers needed to “personally appear” before the ticket seller with the seal of approval, who won the crowd’s approval after the seal juggled a ball on its nose. I needed to produce positive identification, asked how much it was to visit the zoo, and the clerk said it depended on how many signatures I wanted. I wanted admittance for just myself, which would be one signature at $10 per signature. The lady stamped my ticket and let me in.

As Trump might say, the zoo was “huge.”

There were walkways going every which direction. To the left I saw the Juratffs. I had never seen a Juratff before. I asked what I was supposed to do there, and the guard said that people swear at this animal all day long. So, I said, “I solemnly swear blah blah blah.” But, the juratff ignored me and kept eating leaves. At least he stuck his neck out for me. In the next exhibit down the corridor I saw a giant refrigerator with a sign saying, “How can you fit a juratff in a refrigerator?” Then a baby juratff waltzed in the refrigerator, stuck its neck out the hole in the top, and munched on some low hanging leaves.

Don’t feed the Notaries

Next, there was an area where some Notaries were hanging around. The visitors were led down an underground passage and then up some stairs into a huge cage that had a sign: “Don’t feed the Notaries.” The Notaries just went about their business and ignored the tourists’ constant taunts and whistling. The Notaries sat at desks, walked around, ID’d people and stamped pieces of paper. I didn’t understand the logic of this as they were notarizing other Notaries and not getting paid. Later on I learned that this was some sort of an asylum for people who were convinced that they were Notaries, but never passed the state Notary exam for reasons unknown. They were NOTaries.

The next exhibit had a Notary comedian. Not only was there an applause sign. There was an applause signer.

He started cracking jokes. “How do you define a loose acknowledgment? It’s an acknowledgement that attaches itself to different documents — on the first date before it even knows your first name — at least the first name on your ID.” Then our comedian friend made another joke about pastry. “I just found out that a Mexican wedding cake is exactly the same thing as a Russian tea cake. They are both two inches wide and made from shortbread. I guess one man’s tea is another man’s wedding!”

An exhibit for Notarial owls.
They just sat in the tree all day long saying, “Hoo — is the signer?” Next to the owls was the judge from Noternity court who said, “Who is the signer? Who is the Notary? We’ve examined the DNA evidence and handwriting analysis and you ARE the Notary!”

The aquarium was next on my list.
I went down a dark hallway into a pitch black room, turned a corner, and then I was in the Notary Aquarium. I saw a guy swimming in the tank in a three piece suit with a briefcase. I asked the guard why the sharks don’t eat him. The guard replied, “Professional courtesy — that guy’s an Attorney.” Then I saw another guy wearing a suit who just got his leg bitten off by another shark. Blood was filling the tank. I looked at the guard and he said, “That one’s a Mortgage Broker. He’s the one who asked people to backdate, and didn’t pay his Notaries on time.” It cost him a leg if not an arm. I journeyed into the next room in the aquarium and saw a bizarre looking fish. It looked like a hammerhead, but on closer inspection it was a stampfish. His head looked like a huge rectangular Notary stamp. I said to the guard, “It’s too bad there is no paperfish that the stampfish can stamp.” The guard said, “Where there is one around here, there will be a squid just waiting to donate some of his precious ink so the underwater Notarization could happen.” Then, lo and behold, a paperfish appeared from nowhere. Instead of stamping the paperfish, the stampfish took a bite out of it. I asked the guard what happened. The guard informed me that the stampfish was offended that the paperfish hadn’t been signed and dated — this was his way of voicing his underwater displeasure. Then I saw another stampfish who looked like he was high. The guard explained that he had a constant supply of really good sea-weed, and one or two bites of that will get you very high. On my way out of the aquarium there was a huge underwater building. The sign on the building said underwater county recorder. Inside the building there was a huge line of stamp fish. My only thought at this point is — I hope these stampfish have waterproof journals!

On my way toward the exit I saw some lions swearing under Oath. Lyin’ and swearing to uphold the truth – Isn’t that an oxymoron? Then I saw some sheep being sheepish about their loan signing. But they couldn’t pull their wool over my eyes. There was a huge section where there were boars that specialized in 400 page signings where you read every page. It nearly boared me to death. And finally a bobcat who swore under Oath that he was legally Robert Cat.

Finally, I went to the aviary.
That place is for the birds! I saw some birds signing a health directive so they could fight against avarian cancer. I tried to explain that it is o-varian cancer, but they claimed that there are certain types of cancer that only birds get in their old age. Then, an eagle swooped down to avoid one of the guards who was trying to ID him for the Patriot Act.

In any case. I enjoyed the zoo. It was fun. I was slightly disappointed that I couldn’t get a souvenir of a waterproof journal in the gift shop, but maybe next year.


February 4, 2016

Ten (10) Things Every Commissioned California Notary must do

Filed under: Other Guest Bloggers — Tags: — admin @ 6:00 am

1. Know what type of notarial certificate you must use for the type of Notarization requested. If
your client brings in a document with preprinted notary language, check to see if it complies with the
changes in the notary laws. If it does, use it only if you have sufficient space for your notary seal
without it being overlapped with other wording in the document. If it does not, attach a loose leaf
certificate with current notary language. Remember that the notarial language in these certificates
changed and became effective in January 2015.

2. Know your “Notary Language” to add credibility and confidence in what you do for a living. Some
of the terms you must know well are — Acknowledgment, Jurat, Affidavit, Oath, Apostille, Credible
Witness, Subscribing Witness , Copy Certification, Errors & Omission Insurance, Notary Bond, Power
of Attorney, Fees and Fines for notarial acts.

3. Understand what you can and cannot say to your clients without violating the law and getting
into trouble. Eg: Advising a client on what type of Power of Attorney form or legal document to use in
any instance or giving advice of any kind regarding a legal document. Refer them an attorney.

4. Identify your signers properly (see my 123 blog on “7 error free ways of identifying signers”
published in July 2015 under Admin). Get 2 credible witnesses (with proper identification) who have
no beneficial interest to vouch for the identity of the signer if the signer dies not have proper
identification. Get THUMB PRINTS on all real estate transactions, Power of Attorney on the notary
certificate and your journal. If someone cannot sign his name for any reason, then properly identify
the person and have him sign the document by mark – “X”. There must be 2 witnesses to the signer’s
mark and they must add their own names as a witness on the document verifying that they witnessed
the person making his mark on the document.

5. Say NO when asked to notarize the following documents – Incomplete documents, any vital
records (Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates) and I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). You can
only certify copies of Powers of attorney and entries on your notary journal.

6. Record every entry in your Notary Journal sequentially along with fees charged and make notes
next to a Notarization if something seems suspicious or unusual. You may be called to court to
produce your journal or testify in litigation.

7. Be very alert of the signers willingness to sign and ability to understand what he is signing.
Be leery of anyone intimidating a signer to sign a document such as Durable Power of Attorney or
Quit Claim Deed. These documents have serious financial ramifications.

8. Know that you can notarize a signature on a document in a foreign language even if you don’t
know what it contains. As a notary, you are not responsible for the contents. Make sure the
document is complete, can be identified and you can clearly communicate with the signer. If you
cannot identify the document, your journal entry should state, “a document in a foreign language”.
You cannot use an interpreter because important information could be lost in the translation.

9. Maximum Fees – $10/- notarization. Know that you cannot charge more than $10/- for each
notarization when a customer comes to you (Code Sec 8211). You can charge less or even nothing
but must make an entry of the fee charged or not charged in your journal. The only exception when
you can charge more than the $10 maximum fee is if you are traveling outside your office to perform
a notarization

10. If you are unsure of the type of Notarization needed or if you are asked to do something you
are not comfortable doing especially when a lawyer intimidates you, decline and refer them to
another Notary or the Secretary of State. Don’t fall for the old trick when they say other notaries
have had no problems notarizing the document.
The cardinal rule to everything is “Better be safe than sorry!”


February 3, 2016

A man with an accent calling our members

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 10:03 am

There is a man representing himself as a sales person from 123notary. (there may be two of them because he claimed he had a supervisor and put this other man on the phone) He (and this other man) has a very heavy accent calling 123members offering them specials on boosting their advertising on the internet for a 9.99 a month with a 3 month trial. He is persistent calling people 3-4 times. He verifies there information on 123 and then insists on a credit card information. I had the notaries give me his number and I have tried calling the number myself but is always busy. I am not sure if he has collected any money yet but you should contact the FBI.

The number is 480-376-8604. Research on the number shoes that it has several complaints…

If you get a call from a fraud, please remember:

1. Your information on 123notary is accessible to the public. Anyone can verify your information. It doesn’t prove they work for us.

2. If you have any doubts as to who works for us, you can email us a name and phone number.

3. In the future, we might have overseas people verifying information. If they are calling about a renewal payment, they will have you visit and they will know your renewal date which does NOT appear on the front end of your listing.


February 2, 2016

Bad Things Happen

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — admin @ 12:24 pm

Bad Things Happen
Do Do Do Happen, could also have been my title. Make no mistake about it; you as a notary are a “law enforcement officer”. Yup, by definition we enforce (or, if you prefer: follow) various laws related to performing our duties. When a Police Officer answers a call from an elderly person that their cat is stuck in a tree, they respond. The PO feels good after climbing the tree and returning the wayward feline. In a similar manner we, as notaries, feel good helping the public. In the process we earn our fees, generally it’s a win win situation. Did I say “generally”?

I write this at 5:30AM, very much prior to my normal wakeup time. The assignment was to notarize some documents at 7:30AM. Allowing an hour to “wakeup” and an hour to “get there”; my clock did its job. Stopping by the PC to check email, I read from my early bird client that the appointment is cancelled. Groan. He writes that upon reading his document he found an incorrect date, and it was an important issue. He did send me notification at 11PM, about an hour after my “early to bed” at 10PM. I don’t normally go to sleep that early. A tall glass of wine made for a quick slumber, and also required a rare turn off of my cell phone. There was no way I could answer a late night caller, not after that wine.

I will call Mr. Early Bird at 6AM as his cancellation was somewhat ambiguous, but I am quite sure that it’s off. So, what to do now? The early job was to be for double my normal fee, and was readily agreed to by my client. Just had some coffee, it’s now 6AM and spoke to client. It’s off. He needs a new document with a different date. He wishes to reschedule when the bank updates the document. I agree, with one condition – the redo is to be during normal hours; sometime in the early evening, perhaps 8PM. My fee remains the same. He agrees to pay the double fee for a “normal hour” appointment in recognition of my early wake up, with subsequent cancellation.

Thus, it’s a compromise. Each side “gives a little”. He pays more, and I absorb the early wake up and cell phone off for the night; missing any possible callers. Hmmmm, it seems that I just confessed to not meeting my stated 24 hour availability. I guess so. But there is no way that I would take a 3AM caller, and then have a 7:30AM appointment. Driving, especially in Manhattan requires a well rested mind, and no alcohol! And, the “bird in the hand” seemed a definite, as opposed to “the one in the bush” – a possible wee hour emergency request.

So, bad things do happen. But, with a little consideration for “their” point of view; it’s often possible to “turn it around” and recover both the client and your fee. You just have to be a bit flexible and creative as to how you handle the situation. We all know there is a lot of competition by other notaries for a limited number of assignments. Ignoring skill level, what is left is the key component of your service: your reasonableness.

So, I’m up with the sun and have no appointment. Well, it’s a good time to review my “kit” and top up my supplies. Plenty of time to print off and prep some “loose acks” and receipts. Reinking my stamps is also due. I post a reminder in the PC to email the early bird about rescheduling. In short, make use of the “wind fall” of free time; and NOT develop a bad attitude. Earlier I mentioned “do do”, rather than equate the term to “poo”, consider it a double “do” – do something useful with your newly acquired free time. Perhaps shining those shoes and a hot shower?


February 1, 2016

Everything you need to know about writing a great notes section

Filed under: Your Notes Section — admin @ 5:54 am

Most Notaries underestimate how critical it is to have an amazing notes section on your listing on They just write how they are background screened and have E&O insurance. They stop there. Yes, this is important information and it can be a deal breaker if you don’t have the right background screening from the right agency, etc. However, the Notaries who get lots of work from 123notary tend to have 123notary certifications, reviews from satisfied clients and a very thorough notes section. So, what is the secret? The secret is to be specific, unique and well organized in what you write about yourself.

(1) Selling Features
The top of your notes section should stress selling features. What can you say about yourself that others might not be able to say that would make someone want to hire you. “I’m reliable.” Everyone claims to be reliable, and then they show up late making a mockery out of their claim. Try something that you can put your finger on. But, I really am reliable? Yes, but your notes section can’t prove it — so skip it. Instead, let’s think about what types of loans you know how to sign. Don’t just say, “all types.” List them one by one. Do you have some unusual qualifications? Were you Notary of the year? Do you do jail or hospital signings? Are you fluent in Uzbekistani hill dialects? These are things that help you stand out. Were you a CEO of a Mortgage company? That helps too. If you have Escrow, Title, Underwriting, Processing, Settlement, or general Mortgage experience, that is a huge plus on your notes section. Make sure to indicate that high in your notes. Remember — the first 200 characters of your notes show up on the search results for your area, so digress to impress! (actually don’t digress, but use that space to squeeze in as many selling features as possible)

(2) Specialties
One of the most valuable pieces of information you can include in your notes are your specialties. Instead of bragging about how you are error-free or dependable (which nobody wants to read,) instead list the types of loans you know how to sign, types of major documents or procedures you are familiar with. Do you go to airports, offices, or jails? Do you do Weddings or Apostilles? People are very impressed when you have highly specialized skills, so mention them.

(3) # of loans signed
Most Notaries up date the # of loans signed once in four years. When I mention that their profile says they signed 200 loans, they say, “Oh, that was five years ago. I must have forgotten to login — I’ll go in there.” You need to “go in there” and update your info every few months or you will have information that is collecting cyber-dust.

(4) What is hot and what is not?
Radiuses are hot. If you have a wide radius, tell the world. 100 mile radius shows you are serious (or crazy.) Last minute signings are a good thing to mention. Do you accept faxes or are willing to do fax backs? That narrows it down. Are you background screened? Is it by NNA or Sterling or someone else — if you’re screened by the wrong agency, you don’t get the job! Do you know how to do eSignings? That will make you stand out!

(5) Professional memberships and certifications
Are you NNA Certified, Notary2Pro certified, 123notary certified, or trained by some other agency. It is impressive especially if you have four or five certifications. Mention these as well as your memberships. But, please don’t say you are an NNA member in good standing. The only way to be in bad standing with any agency is by not paying your bills or perhaps being convicted of a felony.

(6) What is unique about your service?
Is there something unique about the way you do your work? Or do you have a catchy unique phrase about yourself? It is very hard for most people to think of anything unique about themselves. But, if you really put some thought into it over an extended period of time you might come up with something good. We have two blog articles below with some of the best unique information we’ve ever seen.

(7) Avoid vagueness
Did you work for 10 years in the legal industry? What does this mean? Were you the company president or did you mop the floor for an Attorney. State your job title or what you did very clearly. If you were a legal secretary of Paralegal, that is good to know. Not a selling feature. Additionally, try to be specific about your claims. Rather than saying how good you are with people, give a concrete example of how you are good with people, or what experience you have that proves you are good with people.

Also read:
General (vague) vs. specific information in your notes section

(8) Avoid restating information
Many Notaries restate their company name, their company mission, phone and email in your notes. Your notes is to give additional information about your service, and not to restate what the reader already knows. Remember, those top 200 characters go in the search results, and if you say, “We are here to serve” nobody will click on you.

(9) Counties served
There are 12 boxes where you can indicate your counties served. If you wish to restate this info in your notes, put it near the bottom as this is not a selling feature. If you want to indicate which parts of which counties you serve, the notes section is the only place to go into such detail. Others choose to mention specific towns or cities served. Please avoid stating which zip codes you go to as that is too nit-picky.

(10) Writing about your mentor
New Notaries always want to bend my ear about how they don’t have experience, but their mentor has signed 10,000 loans and they have been to many signings with their mentor. After hearing ten minutes about their mentor I say, “I’ll hire him — I’m convinced — But, I wouldn’t hire you in a million years because you don’t stand on your two feet!” Don’t talk about your mentor. Talk about what training programs you have passed.

(11) Writing about your Real Estate background
Notaries regularly write, “I am a Realtor and therefor am familiar with the documents.” But, when I quiz them on the documents they fail almost every time. Also, many Notaries will write three paragraphs about their Real Estate business or Process Serving, etc. People are coming to 123notary to find a great Notary, not a Real Estate agent. If you want to quickly mention in the middle of your notes that you are a Realtor, that is fine, but don’t make it the central point of your notes.

(12) Educational background
If you want to write about your degrees or former professional experience, unless it is Mortgage related, it should go in the middle or lower middle part of the notes as it is not critical information in the eyes of the reader.

(13) Equipment
Yes, you can write about your equipment. Sometimes we recommend using bullet points for quick points such as E&O, certifications, and equipment. You can mention what type of printer, scanner, fax, or mobile office you have. Just don’t put this up top. It belongs in the middle or lower middle of your notes.

(14) Closing statements
Some Notaries choose to have a closing statement while others don’t. We like it when Notaries do. You can say, “Thanks for visiting my listing.” Or say something a little more unique.

(15) Don’t jumble everything in one paragraph
A good notes section is divided into several logical sections. We normally like to see an intro with selling features, an about you paragraph, some bullet points, and a closing statement. There are many formats for winning notes section and you can decide what is best for you.

(16) Ask for help
123notary gives free notes makeovers. However, we cannot write the content for you. We can filter and reorganize it though. When we redo people’s notes sections they average an increase of 55% more clicks per day to their listing. So, ask! And get some reviews on your listing while you’re at it!


Other Great Notes Articles

How to write a notes section if you have no experience

10 quick changes to your notes that can double your calls

Are you too factual or too personal?

What goes where in your notes?

2014 excerpts from great notes sections

Notary Notes makeover

Personality and expressing your uniqueness

Which Notary would you hire?

Unique phrases from people’s notes sections

Stating the obvious in your notes section

How to write a notes section without saying anything of substance!

You’re unique, you don’t say!

A Notary included a copy of her testimonial in her notes



January 30, 2016

11 Best Title & Escrow Companies

Filed under: Signing Company Gossip — admin @ 12:47 pm

We publish regular information on signing companies, but here is a refreshing new list of great Title & Escrow companies to work for!

A-1 Title Professional Services

AMC Settlement Service

Homefront Escrow, Inc.

Meymax Title

Midwest Mortgage Services

Old Republic Title

Performance Title

Professional Debt Settlement Services

Timios Title

Title Source

True Concept Title


January 29, 2016

Pastor Notary – can you Pastorize a document?

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 1:08 pm

We have many Notaries on 123notary who are members of the clergy. I always wonder when we will get a good Rabbi who can specialize in Kosher notarizations. But, I don’t think that the laws of Judaism discuss notarial acts just as long as you don’t notarize false gods or golden bulls. But, we have many Christians clergymen who are in the Notary business. The preform marriages, and do general Notary work as well.

One borrower found it nice to have a member of the clergy at his signing. He had been waiting his entire life to say something to a clergyman during a signing. “Forgive me father, for I have rescinded!”

But, my question (sorry to sound tongue and cheek) is if these religious types only notarize documents, or can they Pastorize a document as well? And if so, what would the Pastorization process be like. Would they plant some grass on the document to make it more like a pasture? Add a few cows? Or cook it briefly to kill the germs. I guess the world will never know. But, if you ever come across a Pastor Notary, as him/her/them and relay what you learned to us over here at 123notary. We’re dying to know.

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