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July 18, 2018

I heard that someone lost their Fidelity approved because

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I heard that someone lost their Fidelity approval because they forgot to bill a Lender? I guess if you forget a critical step in a transaction, that could be grounds for dismissal. I do not know exactly what happened. I heard some hearsay and decided to write about it to see what the feed back would be like.

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July 14, 2018

Your reputation is my reputation

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Many Notaries don’t care if they damage title companies financially. Many Notaries brag about how great they are when in fact they know far less than what they need to know. The fact is, that a notary who does not know their basic notary or signing agent knowledge is not only bad for their reputation, but bad for mine.

If I am listing you, companies that find you on my site judge me based on your performance. If you don’t get back to people on time, don’t send documents back on time, or make notary mistakes, or are rude, that affects me indirectly. I don’t like that. That is why I want all of your to study more, and focus on being your best so that both of our reputations will not be tarnished.

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July 7, 2018

Many companies are getting sick of low end Notaries and are willing to pay for quality

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The low balling trend has grown and perhaps maxed out so to speak perhaps in 2017. But, there is a new trend to value quality. The problem is that the level of quality that the quality lovers want is so far above what most Notaries can attain, that it is only the elite certified Notaries who gain an edge because of quality. The elite members get paid more, but they had to study and get experience to merit their designation.

The question is, do you want to keep whining for the rest of your career about how slow the work is and how hard it is to get paid well? By being top notch in terms of knowledge and quality, you will attract the companies that desire it. But, you don’t attract this by claiming to be good quality. You gain this by me saying you are good quality, and your customer reviews matching my statement. The ball is in your hands and success is an option. Plus, you never know when the market will swing around and jobs will be plentiful. By working on yourself you will be ready when things turn around.

Please also read – 2018 Certification Standards

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July 2, 2018

Are you the Notary people will wait for or the one who keeps people waiting?

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The best Notaries

and what they are like
As I see it, there are two types of Notaries. Those that know what they are doing, and the other 97%. A good Notary who impresses people with their knowledge, credibility, and professionalism will inspire people so much that they wait for such a Notary. However, many other types of Notaries keep people waiting on a regular basis and just upset their clients.

There are many aspects of being a good Notary, and we teach this in our blog. There are issues pertaining to how you dress, etiquette, marketing knowledge, technical knowledge of Notary work, knowledge of documents, and also showing up on time.

The difference between the Notary who keeps you waiting and the one people will wait for is as follows. If the popular Notary is busy on Wednesday, the client who is anxious to get the document notarized and mailed in will wait for an appointment on Thursday so their favorite Notary can come and do the job. Their favorite Notary is probably responsible and will come on time for their appointment, but might be so busy that he/she cannot give an appointment exactly when the client wants.

Popular Notaries who inspire trust will be used for complicated signings and simple ones alike. It is human nature to want to hire people who you have a good feeling about. Do you inspire good feelings in your clients?

I would prefer if all Notaries on our site study up on their Notary knowledge. They should study from their handbooks, have all Notary acts and procedures memorized inside out so they can explain them flawlessly. They should know their documents and technical terms too. Only our Elite Certified Notaries can do a good job (but, still not perfect) in this regard. 123notary wants to create a superior breed of Notaries — but, this cannot happen without your support.

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June 30, 2018

What does it mean to be Fidelity Approved?

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 9:42 am

I talked to a bunch of Notaries who were Fidelity Approved. Most of them were a lot better than average in terms of knowledge, but not all. Apparently, Fidelity scrutinizes them in particular ways, and asks a few questions, but not that many of the questions are Notary questions. I would like to know what their screening system is.

My recommendations are that if they have any individual company type of requirements, that makes sense. But, there should also be requirements based on general notary and document knowledge, otherwise that is a risk to all parties involved. Can someone fill in the blanks for me about what their requirements are?

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April 30, 2018

Who is getting clicks in 2018?

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Interpreting clicks is complicated and is a loaded subject. Those who are certified by 123notary get more clicks than the others, however, many do not click on them for fear that they might be expensive which is a realistic fear. The numbers below are based on limited data as I did not want to spend all day long averaging numbers. It is just to give you some sort of an idea. Clicks do not translate directly into jobs. Certified members get more high paying jobs but do not necessarily get more clicks.

High Listings
Elite Members 1.75 clicks/day average
Certified 1.57 clicks/day average
Not Certified 1.59 clicks/day average
Poor Stats 1.23 clicks/day average (notaries with failing test scores)

Conclusion
Elite members have a definitive advantage as users regard them as being the masters of their trade which is true. Only 100 of our 6000 currently listed members are Elite Certified and it is very hard to pass the test. So, it really makes you stand out. Then there were people who miserably failed our notary quiz with around 40% or less who are getting a lot fewer clicks per day. There was no definitive difference between those who were not certified who did reasonably on the notary quiz and those who are certified. Users do not value knowledge of documents that much but do value general notary knowledge to a particular extent.

Medium Members
Elite 1.56 clicks per day
Cert 1.3 clicks per day
Uncert 1.2 clicks per day
Bad Stats .96 clicks per day (notaries with failing test scores)

Interpretation
This time there was measurable difference in the clicks of certified members and an even bigger increase in clicks for those who are elite certified. Those Notaries who failed our Notary test were distinctive in their low clicks as users do value basic knowledge. One of the reasons that our elite certification is not more valued is that the elite members are expensive, and still do not have a 100% knowledge of the notary process or documents even though they are close. Maybe with more refinement of my certifications they will get more weight.

It seems that the most important thing is to try to make sure Notaries score at least 50% on their notary quiz to ensure happy users on our site.

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April 29, 2018

Do I need $1 million (E&O) insurance to get more Notary business?

Do I need $100,000 or $1 million in Errors & Omission (E&O) insurance to get more Notary business?
It is not uncommon for some companies to require that a Notary have more than the standard amount of E&O Insurance. There is no state mandated minimum for E&O unlike a Notary Bond where the law requires every Notary to file an official bond for $15,000 which is designed to pay limited claims against the Notary Public.

But please make no mistake. All Notaries must carry some form of E&O insurance to protect themselves from unintentional errors and omissions they make. Of course, E&O policies will not cover fraudulent acts or intentional errors. Without E&O Insurance, you will have to pay for the cost of the judgment or settlement and your own legal expenses. The financial impact can force a Notary to renounce his/her Notary commission and possibly even declare bankruptcy depending upon then severity of the error.

The high coverage of an E&O policy is based on the false perception that the companies would get a better class of Notary or that they are protected from any and all errors made by the Notary. This is farthest from the truth. I have more than 20 years of experience being a Notary and have never increased my E&O Insurance above the standard amount of $15,000/- primarily for 2 reasons. First, the number of companies requiring $100,000 or even $1 million in E&O Insurance are few and far between and the number of jobs that a Notary gets does not make up for the increased premium for the additional coverage. Second, the E&O policy only covers clerical errors and does not cover any fraudulent acts committed by the Notary. As a matter of practice, I double and sometimes triple check my work and am always cautious of the people who appear before me for a notarization. More importantly, I never do anything that even has the appearance of a scam or fraud. I have no intention of being someone’s boyfriend with no escape clause!!

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April 7, 2018

When You Might Need a Notary Public When Traveling

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 11:08 am

When You Might Need a Notary Public When Traveling

Even if you are a person who travels fairly regularly for pleasure, you may never have thought of the fact that the day might come in which you need to access the services of a notary public while on a trip. There are, in fact, a variety of situations in which you might require the services of a notary public while you are traveling for one reason or another.

The situation is different if you travel for business. The reality is that if you do travel for business, the reality is that you may require the services of a notary public when you are on a business trip.

Business Trips and Notaries Public

There are a wide array of different situations in which you might require the assistance of notary public while on a business trip. For example, if part of your business trip is to address contact issues, a notary might be needed if a contract is to be signed. Keep in mind that in many instances a notary public is not required when a contract is signed. Oftentimes, whether a notary is needed depends on the terms and conditions of a contract itself.

If a notary is needed while you are on a business trip, you may be able to find an available notary public at the hotel in which you are lodged. This is not always the case. However, larger hotel chains are responsive to the needs of their business travelers, including the development of business centers in these properties.

You may be able to access a notary public through a hotel’s business center. Failing that, check with the front desk. If that proves to be futile, track down the hotel concierge. He or she will be able to help you connect with a notary public.

These instructions for finding a notary public while on a business trip can also prove helpful if you end up needing this type of assistance while on a pleasure trip as well.

Pleasure Trips and the Need for a Notary

Odds are that on most pleasure trips, the need for a notary public will not arise. However, depending on the state in which you are traveling, and the type of document you might have to sign, the need for a notary public may arise.

One situation in which the need for the services of a power of attorney may arise while traveling is if you need to establish what is known in most states as a durable power of attorney for healthcare. This is a legal instrument that designates another person to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.

If you, or a traveling companion, end up with a medical issue while traveling, you or your companion may end up needing surgery or some other type of treatment. The recommendation may be that you complete an appropriate healthcare power of attorney in advance of the procedure. Depending on the laws of the state in which you are in, you may need a notary public to attest to your signature on the instrument.

If you are traveling and come upon an automobile or piece or real estate that you elect to purchase, you will need the assistance of a notary public. The title to a car as well as the title to real estate and other documents will require notarization.

What You Need to Obtain a Notarization of Your Signature

You will need to have an appropriate form of identification to obtain a notarization of your signature. When traveling, one of three different types of identification will suffice for the purposes of obtaining a notarization of your signature. These include a driver’s license, a state identification or ID card, or a passport. These types of identification must be current and cannot be expired. You will not be required to produce multiple forms of identification for the purposes of obtaining notary services provided you have one or another of these forms of official identification.

Notary Fees

The issue of whether or not you will need to pay a fee to get something notarized while traveling depends upon a variety of factors. The key really is the circumstances upon which you need a notary and how you access the services of a notary public.

If need a notary for a medical power of attorney, the hospital or medical center will have a notary public on staff. There will be no charge for the notarization of your signature in this and similar types of situations.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Documents International LLC, a leading apostille service for individuals and businesses.

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March 27, 2018

Does knowledge matter any more as a signing agent?

any Notaries are telling me that nobody tests them and nobody cares if they know anything. My clicks reveal that when I started my career as a directory owner that knowledge mattered a lot more. Now it still matters, but not as much.

Ten years ago a certified signing agent on 123notary would get more than double the clicks that an uncertified member in a similar position would get.

Now, even an Elite certified 123notary member gets only 80% more clicks than the absolute most notarially illiterate members.

So, knowledge still matters, just not as much.

However, I feel it is undignified not to be an expert at notary matters if you are a notary. Additionally, you can get into legal trouble if you are sloppy in your notary work. Failing to fill out:

Additional Information sections in Acknowledgments can lead to fraud that could get you subpoenaed!

Not keeping a journal can get you pegged as a suspect in identity fraud cases. It can also get you in trouble if someone forges your seal impression, your lack of a journal makes it look like you were the one that notarized the document in question.

Not keeping a journal correctly can lead to other problems. If you cram five documents in a single journal entry, the borrower could come back in court saying they only authorized you to notarize one of the documents. Since there is only one journal signature for five documents you won’t even know which document was authorized and bingo — you are a suspect in mortgage fraud — congratulations.

Not abiding by prudent practices identifying people with name variations can land you in court.

Making clerical mistakes filling out notarial forms can get you fired or sued

Saying no under the wrong circumstances can get you sued. Additionally, saying no under the correct circumstances but not properly explaining why can get you sued, and successfully sued.

So be careful and be an expert at Notary work. If you don’t know your loan documents, nobody cares. But, we do care if you know how to be a notary and follow directions and be polite and login to your listing regularly.

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January 8, 2018

Calling during a hurricane

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 8:43 am

One of my customers was so upset that I was so rude to call him during a hurricane. I call people in fifty different states each with different times zones and weather. How am I supposed to keep track of exactly where and when there is a hurricane. And if the hurricane is so bad, why answer the phone in the first place.

What I think is that people just don’t want to be bothered by me period. I am annoying, I always want them to login, take a quiz, or prove they know what they are doing. My requests are necessary for me to be able to list them. But, others see it as a pure nuissance. So, what can I do?

I just don’t get why he is so upset. If you don’t want to talk, then say you are busy. This person wrote me a long email about how it is impolite to call someone during a hurricane. Maybe he should have a welcome message, saying, “Sorry, but we are having a hurricane — press one to continue and probably be called rude, or hang up now.”

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