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June 15, 2017

The Notary who sold his soul to the devil

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 8:59 am

There once was a Notary who was going to sell his soul to the devil. But, he had a hearing problem. He thought the devil wanted his seal, not his soul. This Notary named Abe was asked to do a signing that involved backdating for a particular Loan Officer. The Loan Officer promised that if he did a good job backdating there would be many more to come. But, this is immoral.

Unfortunately, life often offers lots of opportunities for people to make money doing something illegal. Illegal activities often pay more since there are fewer people willing to take the risk of getting caught. But, even if you don’t get caught, God is always watching.

So, Abe, sold his spiritual future out for a few bucks doing backdating. He undermined the integrity of the Notary profession and of Western civilization.

Scratch that. What actually happened is that this guy with horns coming out of his head and a pitchfork claiming to be the devil wanted to borrow the Notary’s seal to do some bad deeds. So, that Notary was late on his alimony payments and let the devil borrow it. The devil paid him, but never brought the seal back. The Notary reported it stolen to the Secretary of State who replaced it. All was well until complaints came in of the other seal being used fraudulently.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un wants to sell Seoul to the devil.

The moral of the story is that weird blog writers come up with crazy ideas, that Korean food is good for you except for the sam-gyup-sal which is high in fat, and that you shouldn’t get involved with any type of illegal conduct.


June 7, 2017

Lifetime memberships? Not in this lifetime…

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 8:37 am

Once in a while a Notary will ask us if we will have lifetime memberships. Long time ago we thought of that. But, since our rates change almost daily, it makes no sense to charge for a lifetime. On top of that, very few Notaries would want to pay for more than two years.

But, you don’t know how long you’ll live, or for that matter how long our site will live. With Snapdocs moving in, I’m beginning to worry. I better start hustling. But, I think I will run my business until my retirement. I might simplify things a bit, but it is my baby and I want to keep running it just as long as I don’t run out of baby formula.

On the other hand, we do have Notaries who have been with us for fifteen years which is a huge achievement. Let’s hope we’ll have many more who will be with us for a huge chunk of their lives. We also have Notaries die on us from time to time. But, we only get about three deaths per year which is not bad considering we have roughly 7000 Notaries on board total.

So, we will not be offering lifetime memberships, at least not in this lifetime. But, if you believe in reincarnation, you can get reborn and wait until you are eighteen and then sign up again (assuming you didn’t commit a felony!)


June 1, 2017

No Sciliciting

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 8:28 am

Troy had a Notary office downtown. Business was brisk sometimes, but not others. His customers were very inquisitive. They wanted to know about all of the Notary jargon on the forms. He had to explain what venue meant, the difference between Acknowledgment and Jurat, and more. But, one day some bums were hanging out in front of Troy’s Notary office. Troy had to deal with customer when he felt he should kick those bums out.

So, his intellectual client showed his ID, signed the journal, signed the document, watched the Notary fill in the venue, and then asked, “What is scilicit?”

Troy said, “I’ll show you.” Troy then went outside with the client and yelled at the bums outside and said, “First of all, no public drinking allowed, and second —- NO SCILICITING.”

Then Troy and the client went back inside and asked the client if he had any more questions? The client said he did not. Then Troy said, “Scilicit actually means — namely or in particular, and is a term used in the venue of a Notary Acknowledgment and abbreviated to the form S.S. Then the client said, “Oh good, for a moment, I thought the Nazis had taken over the Notary business.” Then Troy informed him that they had not, but down the street there is a guy who wanted to be on Seinfeld who is called, “The Notary Nazi — No Notarization for You!”


May 25, 2017

A dream about the Notary industry

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 10:51 pm

I had a dream. I was at the market and walked down the soda aisle. There were mostly 123 Cola and Nrootary Beer. It was like that for years. Then all of a sudden Snapple appeared. It was much more convenient than the other sodas. Even though 123 Cola was a better quality drink, you could get a six pack of Snapple and press a button and six different people in remote locations could drink a bottle (each of) that Snapple. So, each time I went to the market, there was less 123 Cola and less Nrootary Beer and more Snapple. So, I got afraid and wondered how much longer this would go on.

But, then 123 Cola added some new features to its cola and became more popular. One sip and automatic health for the next week. Wow! Some cola!

Then, I was flying in my old neighborhood in Massachusetts that I haven’t been to in over twenty-five years. I saw a cat and grabbed it and said, “Hello cat!” Suddenly I was at home, naked, and drinking 123 Cola. What does this dream mean? I’ll have to ask my psychic.


May 24, 2017

April 27, 2017

A 123notary client partners with an Uber driver

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 1:31 am

One of our clients in California decided to partner with an Uber driver. He assigns Notary signings to the Uber driver. Since the driver is driving around anyway, it is no sweat to arrive at a Notary Signing appointment at the last minute. What a concept. I have never heard of such an arrangement before.

For people who are already doing signings, I wonder how effective it would be to do Uber work and fit it into your schedule when you are not doing jobs. It might mean that you should accept jobs closer to home only. Or you could go far away as an Uber driver can accept jobs anywhere. The world has really changed recently. The question is, can we keep up with it? I’m personally doing my best over here!


April 26, 2017

Carlette’s Signing Story

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 1:27 am

My experience grappling with personal feelings and the law —
I had a reverse mortgage assignment yesterday.

This assignment came to me on a rush basis… I needed to be there within 2 hours and I had not even received the documents yet.
I was offered a very generous fee.

No mention that it was a reverse mortgage and no mention that the documents would be 175 pages long (not including the borrower’s copy).

Called borrower and the daughter answered. Daughter said father was not at home but she knew they were expecting a notary. I asked when dad would be at home… she finally said I am the wife and he is here and we are waiting for you. She said Jim will also be here.

I have had many borrowers expecting the realtor or lender to be there so I automatically thought she was mistaken. She gave me the telephone number to the Jim person who confirmed he would attend and he said he always attends his own closings. I agreed to call him when I was on my way. When I called to tell him I was 10 minutes away, he said I am already here. In hindsight, I could hear trepidation in his voice. Just thought he was concerned that I did not call him earlier (since he said he was 20 minutes away). I told him I would just get them sworn in and wait for him.

When I arrived, borrower’s wife greeted me kindly. I walked in and greeted them. A gentleman who I first met also greeted me and it was clear that he was having some health issues. He shook my hand, smiled at me and proceeded to pronounce the words DaDa over and over. I said to myself, he must be the grandfather. So I proceeded to greet the others.

Wife, daughter and “Jim” greeted me and then I was introduced to the borrower. Imagine my surprise!
Control is everything.

I proceeded to ask borrower if he knew why I was here. He did not answer. I asked him for his full name, he gave me his first name. I asked what is his last name, he did not answer. I asked if he knew what a reverse mortgage is, he had no idea. He kept saying I built this house. I asked him what is the date. He looked at his watch and said 14. I asked what year, he said 1981. I asked him who is the president, he could not answer. Wife said, who didn’t you vote for… he could not answer. Wife said, we are trying to save our house.

During this time, daughter said she is a notary and it is not my job to ask about what is being signed but to only witness the signing, Broker said borrower went through reverse counselling and they approved him and I have never seen him like this, and wife said he was just not having a good day (after his triple bypass). During all of this, borrower continued saying DaDa – over and over.

I informed everyone (as well as clarified with Notary daughter about notary law and directed her to Secretary of State notary laws and rules) that I could not close this reverse mortgage loan when I do not feel borrower understands what he is signing.

Wife finally said, I do have a Power of Attorney. I suggested to broker that if I am directed to have her sign as POA, this could be done. He reached out to someone who told him they could not go forward with the closing at this time.
I politely apologized and excused myself.

Long story short, I feel soooo bad… but so good… about what it means to be a knowledgeable notary, to understand the laws and rules, and to apply them where necessary. Learn your notary laws and rules.


April 14, 2017

All About 123notary

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 12:13 am

All about 123notary — who we are, advertising with us, and how we started.

Many people know that 123notary is the one venue to advertise your Mobile Notary service that systematically gets results. We are the go-to site for notary advertising. Some people rave about the results we get. Others complain about how they don’t like our sometimes strict policies. But, almost all love the zany stories and helpful tips in our blog. So, let’s break it down how 123notary got started, and what we do.

The History of 123notary

123notary started back in 1999 and was originally designed to be an advertising site just for Jeremy. The other sites weren’t getting him enough business, so it was time to take control of advertising so there would be enough work. As time went on, the site graduated from being a purely Southern California directory covering only five counties to covering all of California. By 2001, we covered the entire United States.

Building up 123notary from scratch

We started this directory knowing almost nothing about the directory business. We just put a bunch of names and numbers on a list. Little did we realize that there is a lot more to running a directory than that. We realized we needed critical mass, so we added more than a thousand names to the list. Along with a bunch of other technical realizations about placement levels for additional counties, zip search results, etc., we realized that people drop out. As people drop out of the Notary business, we need new Notaries dropping in. My huge project adding 1000 Notaries to the list was something that would have to be repeated. So, a few years later, I added more people. Our numbers went up, and then month by month the numbers went down. This arduous process of adding names to the list would have to be repeated once again as our stats kept going down. After a while, it became a realization that we needed an organized way to keep our numbers up. So, I decided to create a monthly plan to add new Notaries to our list every month, and remove defunct listings every month as well. That system worked miracles and from that day forward, 123notary maintained a steady quantity of Notaries around 6200-7400.

Amazing breakthroughs in 2008 & 2009

Additionally, in 2008, the online advertising with Google Adwords started to get a lot more expensive. It was necessary to find a more cost-effective way to get clicks. Learning SEO was something that took a few years, but with a fantastic programmer named Mark, Jeremy was able to learn the art of SEO and get 123notary double the clicks it was getting before. The following year (2009) Mitch got Jeremy started on blogging and social media which again worked wonders for 123notary’s SEO, although that miracle took years to unfold.

What is 123notary now?
123notary is a the premiere Notary directory in the industry. No other directory has as high a quality of Notaries or gets as much traffic. We keep more information on our Notaries than any other directory. We have the general contact info, hours of operation, but also get into Notary specialties such as Reverse Mortgages, Hospital Signings, Immigration Documents, E&O insurance, Foreign Languages, and more. Additionally, 123notary goes through and helps Notaries edit their notes sections to make them easier to read and more informative. 123notary gets about 170,000 visitors per month and has about 6900 Notaries on board as of June, 2016.


You can advertise with 123notary as a Mobile Notary for as little as $59 per year. Although we offer FREE listings which appear at the bottom of the search results, you can also elect to get a preferential listing for $99 or be #1 on the search results for a quoted price which might range from $200 on up depending on the area.


123notary also sells loan signing certification courses and combos. Our most popular is the LS#3 combo which gives a thorough guide to loan signing, keeping records, marketing your services, examples of loan documents, and more. You can get a physical book or an ecourse. Read the course description!

How do I do well on 123notary?

To do well on 123notary requires more than just paying us an annual fee. You need to maintain your listing a little bit too, but it isn’t rocket science, and you have experienced professionals who are here to help at no extra cost. You need to write an amazing notes section about your experience, what’s unique about you, equipment, memberships, coverage areas, etc. We will help you edit your notes section at no cost to make it better organized and attractive. You also need reviews from your satisfied clients on your listing. All you have to do is ask, and email them a link, and some (but, unfortunately not all) of them will write you a review. A few reviews are like gold and will magically transform your listing as that is what the users want to see.

Help is always there when you advertise with 123notary

Other directories just take your money and leave you on your own. At 123notary, you can email us or call our 888 number for help. We give help with passwords for your listing, or ecourse. We also give free marketing and technical tips if you have a question. We’ll help brush up your listing at no cost as well as help you choose a business name — at at no cost if you have a paid listing with us!

Our Newsletter

In addition to providing advertising and courses, 123notary also has a free newsletter which has more than 5000 followers. Our newsletter is a free source of great industry information and laughs as well. We have articles about new signing companies, signing company gossip, technical signing agent tips, mobile notary marketing tips, and also comedy articles especially written for the Notary industry. No other newsletter provides the same diversity or quality of articles as we do. So, email us at to sign up today!


March 30, 2017

Notarization at Standing Rock

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 8:05 am

A Notary was asked to do a Notarization at the protest of the DAPL pipeline. But, finding the place was a nightmare and cell phones don’t work up there in North Dakota. Let’s look at the map the Notary thought to himself. Sitting Bull is there, Standing Rock is here. I’m not sure if I’m looking for a Bull or a Rock, but I am sure that I’ll be sitting or standing unless the weather warms up. Boy, it’s arctic up here.

The Notary finally got to the protest — and it was horrible. The police were shooting the crowd with water in 20 degree weather. That’s deadly. Then, he saw a young lady get sprayed in the face with industrial strength pepper spray by police. It’s time to bring out the Attorneys and scrutinize the police up there. An elderly lady was arrested for conspiricy and taken away without her diabetes medicine, and she nearly died according to one reporter. Another lady from Pine Ridge threatened to commit what Native Americans call “Sioux-icide.” The whole situation was a travesty of justice. One Native American protested who had grown up down south named Peggy-Sioux said it didn’t seem like the way things were handled in America, and due process had been violated as well as human dignity.

The Notary was asked to Notarize a statement about numbers that had been written on a person’s arm by a police offer. The practice was identical to what Nazis had done a few generations ago and the crowd was livid. So, the Notary tried to notarize the paperwork but couldn’t.

NOTARY: Sorry, my hands froze, I can’t move my fingers.

PROTESTER: Our people have lived her for countless generations. We are used to the cold. Here, let me show you a tribal secret.

NOTARY: Is this similar to the Mr. Miyagi secret?

PROTESTER: He stole that from us. (Rubbing hands together fervently singing tribal prayer. Then he grasped the Notary’s hands with his hot hands.) Wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off — don’t forget to breathe, very important.

NOTARY: Hey wait a second, you stole that from Mr. Miyagi — not fair.

PROTESTER: The technique is from us, but the line is from him.

NOTARY: Wow, my hands are much better. Does the prayer work as well without the drums? Because I’ve heard stories.

PROTESTER: Oh, the drums are more for the state of mind for deeper consciousness.

NOTARY: Well then you won’t need that with me — I’m always in a deeper state of consciousness, at least until my GPS broke. That sort of threw me off, especially around here. Okay, my fingers are working for now. Please sign the journal, I’m stamping here, filling out the form here and signing my John Hancock.

PROTESTER: We prefer to think of it as signing our Crazy Horse.

NOTARY: There’s nothing crazy about your horse.

PROTESTER: Never mind. You wouldn’t understand — it’s an Indian thang!


March 22, 2017

Notaries with the same name – drama!

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 7:59 am

We had several situations where there was a small drama because more than one Notary had the same name.

In one instance, a Notary in Michigan named John Smith got the check for a Notary also named John Smith in Alabama. They had the same name. The Michigan John Smith deposited the check too.

In another instance a Notary who had been offline was put back online. The Florida Melody Smith was put back online. Then Melody Smith emailed me to let me know that she was still not online. Then I took a closer look and realized that there was a California Melody Smith as well who was not online. Ooops! So, I put California Melody Smith online and explained my mistake.

Then, we had a new Notary named Howard Lee. I was horribly afraid because I had had a roommate named Howard Lee. What if it were the same person? They were both in California. Gasp!!! However, my heartrate went down when I learned that Notary Howard Lee indicated Korean as a second language, where the ex-roommate who wanted to kill me because of a lie his girlfriend told him spoke Chinese.

In another instance Samantha Cornfield got the other Samantha Cornfield’s password. Ooops — security breach. She emailed me and I sent the password for a completely different person with the same name.

The moral of the story is that I need to really be more careful and check people’s email address when they contact me because email addresses are unique, but there could be infinite numbers of people with the same personal name.

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