Milk, the common initial nutrient; be it human, whale or squirrel. This life giving liquid provides all essentials for the newborn. Whatever the biological need, be it vitamins, minerals, protein or whatever, it’s all there for the assimilation. What’s that got to do with notary work? Well, that will be covered, by analogy; referring to the information needs of the notary.
I just wasted time and supplies on what turned to a “dud”. The signing was for a significant amount; and the client was a regular. It was to be held at a rather high class “private client” location; a super high floor in a luxury office tower. Knowing my client well, I only glanced at the confirmation to be sure of essential information. Note the word “glanced”.
The docs were going to be available at the bank, however; a set was sent to me to review. Nice. Being a “belt and suspenders” kinda guy, I printed a set. I know the personnel who work with the bigga buck deals are smart; not likely to lose docs. It was only 50 something pages. To my delight, I noticed only a single notarization would be required. The fee was generous. White Glove treatment truly applies here; not to silly titles bestowed by the bottom fishers on the gullible.
We have all seen variations on the “Got Milk” advertisement. We all know it’s good for us. To me the “Milk” of notary information is the phone number of the person you will notarize. Their personal cell, not the switchboard “gate keepers” charged with protecting their executives from excessive calls. The ability to directly contact the affiant can lead to all other essential information. Exactly the same as the nursing mammal receives its needs.
Recall that I “glanced” at the confirmation. Well, it contained only the official e-mail “signature” of the bank officer handling the signing, as the contact info. They could not be reached; and there was the little matter of the announced “Blizzard Warning” (very, very rare) for New York City! It was an early AM job and I wanted to know if the affiant would be able to attend. Calling, the bank both after hours, and in the early AM; yielded the ever present voice mail. I did not “Got Milk”; if I had that golden bit of notary information I could have just called the affiant and asked directly.
The signing was, of course, cancelled; perhaps some other time…… The docs went into the shredder and the calendar entry precluded a different offer – it’s happened to all of us. And it will happen again. Lacking the “milk of notary information” I could not avoid a no-show trip. That’s only one aspect of the nutrients in the milk of information.
Ever go to a typo address? They send you to 457 when the building is 547. The clericals who try to inform us are human; they make mistakes; so do we. But having the one item from which all other information can flow is essential. You can verify the information on the confirmation. It’s also good to speak to be sure they speak your language. That has happened to me. I arrive and the couple do not speak a word of English. My decades ago High School French failed me completely.
If I recall correctly, type “O” blood is the “universal donor”, it can be transfused into virtually anyone. “AB” is the universal recipient. In addition to the nutrients of milk, the affiant phone number is the type “O” of information; they know everything that anyone needs to know about the logistics of the signing location. Stop being treated as a “milkless” (clueless) notary. Similarly, when you operate as a type “AB” taking information from everyone, often conflicting; confusion will follow.