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October 31, 2015

2015 Best Title & Escrow Companies

Unfortunately, when I created this list, I didn’t realize that over half of the companies had not been commented on in two years. So, I had to shorten the list quite a bit. Here is what’s left of it!

MeyMax Title Agency of Ohio, LLC
One Notary was happy that they got paid their late fee! That’s unheard of in this business!
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=309&MeyMax+Title+Agency+of+Ohio+LLC

Performance Title
Notaries were concerned about the application and its wording. However, reviews are generally positive about this company.
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=39&Performance+Title

Professional Settlement Services
Notaries didn’t like the low fees offered. But, there are more positive than negative reviews for this company.
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=960&Professional+Settlement+Services

Silk Abstract
Easy to work for and prompt payment. Sounds good to me!
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=702&Silk+Abstract

Transtar National Title
One notary says, “Wish all mine were like Transtar and that they had more in my area.”
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=903&TranStar+National+Title

Timios Title
Many Notaries claim this is their favorite
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4907&SearchTerms=timios+title

Title Source
This is one of the most popular title companies out there.
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=610&Title+Source

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October 30, 2015

Compilation of Notary Sit-Com Episodes!

Filed under: Compilations,Popular on Facebook (A little),Sit-Coms — Tags: — admin @ 11:32 am

123notary has been writing sit-com episodes for over a year now. It is time that we put them all in one compilation so you can see them all at once! Many of these links are strings to multiple episodes from over the last two years. Here they are!

POPULAR
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Shark Tank
“Good Sign” seeks an investment of 2 million dollars!
Good Sign will reward Notaries by not forcing them to do fax-backs once they have proven a reliable track record for accuracy!
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=shark-tank

Seinfeld
(1) George’s parents get a vow renewal
(2) The List. Kramer has to get his hands on the list of signing companies.
(3) George Needs a Notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=seinfeld

Psych
A man dies of accidental food poisoning and Shawn solves the case using his psychic powers. They find a Power of Attorney behind the Disneyland document that solves the case. But, Shawn is upset that the Notary will not notarize his stuffed penguin
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=psych
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ALPHABETICAL
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All in the Family
Archie needs his drug test notarized
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=all-in-the-family

“Apprentice” — see “The Apprentice.”

Big Bang Theory
Feeling in control Notarizing
Raj wants to take Notary lessons. Sheldon wants to know if being notarized can make them sexy…
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=big-bang-theory

Byron Allen — Notary Hot Chocolate
See how Earthquake describes Notaries in the ghetto.
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=byron-allen

Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose interviews a Notary and discusses why he became a Notary and the future of the Notary industry.
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=charlie-rose
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Cheers
Sammy gets a name change notarized
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=cheers

Comedy Central Notary Roast (na/new)
See how Don Rickles and Amy Schumer make commentary about the Notary world.
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=comedy-central

Family Guy
Peter joins ISIS by mistake & needs a notarized conversion
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=family-guy

Family Feud
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=family-feud
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Flashpoint
Notary job for a hostage with a multimillion dollar contract.
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=flashpoint

Friends
Phoebe’s boyfriend won’t take No-tary for an answer
She’s trying to break up with him, but he always thinks she’s kidding.
So, she needs to get a notarized statement to prove she means it!
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=friends

George Lopez
George needs a Notary for Carmen’s report card and wants to use the paginas amarillos.
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=george-lopez

Good Times
JJ draws a Notary Seal
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=good-times
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Happy Days
The Chinese equivalent of the Fonz appropriately named, “The Fong” needs to get notarized and says, “Don’t touch the leather.”
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=happy-days

I love Lucy
The Power of Attorney
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=10382

Leave it to Beaver
Notarized parental consent form
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=13180

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (new/na)
See how infamous signing companies who don’t pay their Notaries are living it up.
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous

“Lucy” — see “I Love Lucy”
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Minions
A scene from the Minion Loan Signing.
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=minions

Modern Family
An Affidavit of Citizenship & Affidavit of Domicile
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=modernfamily

Noternity Court
Your honor, it was 20 years ago. I can’t possibly remember if I notarized that document…
You are…. the Notary!
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=noternity-court
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The Middle
Sue calls the Notary about an Occupancy Affidavit
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=the-middle

Notarization on the Steve Harvey Show
Carol meets someone who notarized her 20 years ago and they fall in love!
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=steve-harvey

Notary Housewives
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=notary-housewives

Taxi
Reverend Jim becomes a Notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=taxi
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The Apprentice (new/na)
David Schwimmer competes on The Apprentice
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=the-apprentice

Two and a Half Men
(1) Learning the ropes. Charlie goes to a hot Notary who goes easy on him.
(2) Impaired Judgment. Charlie finds it therapeutic to notarize documents and brings a bottle of vodka for the signers!
(3) Charlie learns the fine art of deterring Notary fraud.
(4) Charlie’s mom needs a Power of Attorney for property management
(5) The intercontinental notary seal
(6) A notary experience
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=twoandahalfmen

Wheel of Fortune
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=wheel-of-fortune

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October 23, 2015

Notary Family Feud

Filed under: Virtual Comedy Themes — Tags: , , , — admin @ 12:38 am

I noticed that when I give my over the phone loan signing quizes, certain answers seem to be more popular than other answers. I have always found it very interesting that particular wrong answers that are blatantly wrong could be so popular. Maybe when I give loan signing quizes, I should test people on which answer was more popular. It might be good if the popular answers used were correct as well.

HOST: For $200, tell me some items you might find in a bathroom next to the sink?

CAROL: Oh, a brush, a hairbrush

SUE: A razor and a note!

FRED: Oooh, ooh, um…. toothpaste, yes… toothpaste.

HOST: Survey says…. toothpaste was the most popular answer with used Twinkie wrappers as #2. Next question….

HOST: For $400, tell me which document is the best document to look for the prepayment penalty?

CAROL: Oh… oh… The Deed of Trust

SUE: The HUD-1 Settlement Statement…. oh… on page 3.

FRED: I know this… oh… The Note, or the TIL

HOST: Survey says… the most popular answer was the Deed of Trust. Carol is the winner… or would be if that was correct in addition to being a popular answer, but that is wrong!

CAROL: What? But, I thought the Deed talked about every aspect of the transaction.

HOST: The actual agreement about the transaction is covered in The Note while the Deed functions as a Security Instrument.

FRED: So I win again?

HOST: Yes, you win. And you can cash in your $600 for a trip to the next NNA Convention, or get a free listing on 123notary.com with Elite Certification. Or a trip to Hawaii where you can enjoy a 5-star hotel, gourmet foods, and a complimentary neck tattoo!

FRED: Yes, can I get Jurat wording on the neck tattoo?

HOST: That is a state specific question for your Secretary of State’s Notary Division!

FRED: Maybe you should make that a question on the next Notary Family Fued… Survey Says…..

SUE: Since I have been a good sport, can I get a free gas card?

HOST: You’ll have to guess correctly on the next question.

SUE: Okay… I got it…

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October 20, 2015

Notary Industry Standards According to Ken

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — Tags: , — admin @ 11:24 am

“It’s an Industry Standard”, sayeth Suppository Signing Service (SSS) when insisting that I accept payment on the 45th workday after the next lunar eclipse. Usually the “defense/attack” of industry standard is used to support an unfair/immoral situation; one that most likely will be “going away soon”. Slavery was an industry standard. Women not having the right to vote was an industry standard. The inclusion of cocaine in Coca Cola was an industry standard. I am sure you can add many currently unjust and destined to disappear practices to the list.

Just who decides what “Industry Standards” are? That’s simple – those (currently) in Power. They are saying that “it should be because it is”. Really? Change for the better is the history of and most basic philosophy of our great nation. Twelve year old children working 14 hour days in coal mines was an industry standard. IS (Industry Standards) change all the time. Unjust laws are changed, oppressed workers form unions, and civil/lawful peaceful protest leads to abolishing IS.

Thus, when SSS wants to “stick me” with their IS; I tell them that their IS statement is obsolete. The current IS is paying via PayPal “up front”. That is MY IS and they can “self administer” their assignment if they are “sticking” to their outdated concept of notary payment IS.

The issue is bigger than just payment. There is an outdated IS perception of the notary as being a “dumping ground” for various tasks. The IS of loading the doc with endless pages of survey, un-necessary FAX requests (not immediate funding, eg: package has 3 day recession), baby monitor calling; the list is practically endless. We are an industry, notaries are the first line of defense against fraud; our task is honorable and necessary. The vast majorities of us are highly skilled and know an Ack from a Venue. The IS of treating us like fools is coming to an abrupt end.

There are many ways to “bounce back” an IS attack. Ask precisely where that IS is codified. Yup, it’s only in the speaker’s mind; because that is the way they would like things to be. You don’t have to accept their IS – TELL THEM YOURS. I have had condescending calls from SSS telling me “you must accept our terms” – really? Not me. And, I sincerely hope the same will be true of you.

The IS statement is just a lot of hot air, being blown in your direction. Why? Because often that tactic works. Many don’t like to “stand out” and wish to swim with the school and fly with the flock. But when that school is heading toward the fisherman nets, when the flock is coming within shotgun range of the hunters – it’s time to change course. Their IS puts all the advantages on their side. You are playing poker with your cards being double sided, and their cards show you nothing.

We all know what is fair and just. Turning the IS “bs” around should not be our objective. We just want to eliminate being exploited. None of us wish to collect our fee and do an inept job. But we are fed up with an endless list of “additional requirements” that come with the package that were not disclosed when offered the assignment. When I mention this I am told it’s an IS. Well. My IS is to do what I agreed to do when setting my fee. Also the IS of “fee blackmailing” to require notaries to complete “I will be legally responsible if it does not fund” and similar nonsense is a thing of the past.

Most of us are one person business entities. We, lacking a true representative association that looks out for us; must form and enforce our own, fair, and just – Industry Standards.

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My interpretation of how the Notary industry went South
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October 16, 2015

What to do when someone doesn’t have their ID – new approaches

A Notary walks into a bar. He is filled with frustration. His last client didn’t have any ID. Who could he vent to? So, he told his story to the bar tender not expecting any sympathy. The bar tender told him that it might come as a surprise, but he checks peoples ID’s from time to time as well. Then, the Notary said, “So you do understand after all! But, what do you do when someone doesn’t have ID?”

The bar tender said that he had all types of techniques. When young looking people come into the bar asking for a beer, they don’t always have ID. Many of them left it at home. But, this bar tender had “other” systems for verifying age.

BAR TENDER: Which singer sings the lyrics, “What have you done for me lately?”

TEENAGER #1: How should I know?

BAR TENDER: Emileo Estafan is a great plumber

TEENAGER #2: Glad you like him. I let my parents deal with stuff like plumbing

BAR TENDER: You look like a draft dodger with that haircut

TEENAGER #3: If I were afraid of a draft, I would put on a jacket!

BAR TENDER: See, none of these punks are drinking age. If they were, they would know who Janet Jackson is. They would know that Emileo Estafan is a famous Cuban musician, and they would have gotten my Vietnam joke. The tricky kids to deal with are the ones that listen to “oldies.” Of course to me, the music I listen to is not old — it’s mostly from the 80’s, and during that time, I thought that the world would just keep being like that forever! How did I know that Rock & Roll would die!

NOTARY: I see. I’ve learned a lot from you. Unfortunately, my job is not to verify that you are drinking age by virtue of an identification documents, my job is to verify your name so you can sign legal documents affecting real property.

BAR TENDER: Oh, that’s heavy stuff.

NOTARY: Whose that guy wearing shades who just walked in?

BAR TENDER: Him? He’s my parole officer. I got busted for serving under-aged kids by mistake. Hey, it happens. That’s why I developed my list of 70’s and 80’s type questions, so I can be really sure I won’t get locked up again!

NOTARY: Well, I’m glad you have a reliable system! Me — I’ll stick to credible witnesses — preferably two of them, female ones, on both sides of me while I finish this beer!

BAR TENDER: Never heard of those, but like the idea about the ladies.

NOTARY: Now, I have a question for you. How many were there in the Jackson Five?

BAR TENDER: Oh, that was before my time. I haven’t a clue.

NOTARY: Five!

BAR TENDER: You got me. I just hope all five were over 21.

NOTARY: They are, but not when they functioned in a set of five. Actually including their manager, there were more than five, but that ruins the joke.

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October 13, 2015

Notary Quiz — Harry Potter’s magic Notary Seal & Identification Questions.

Many notaries do their jobs just fine when conditions are good. But, what if a few snags are thrown into the picture?
Here is a quick Notary quiz to test your knowledge.

(1) What do you do if the signer has current government issued photo ID that has their name as John Smith, while the document says John T Smith, assuming the signer forgot to renew their magic wand with the DMW? (department of magic wands)

(2) Does your state allow the use of expired identification for notarizations? If so, how old are those expired identification documents allowed to be assuming they are not stored in the dungeon of the Hogwarts Hall of Records? I know of three highly populated states that allow this by the way…

(3) What do you do if the signer has no identification at all or can’t find their identification, but hasn’t lost their soul?

(4) What do you do if the signer offers you a Green Card (resident alien card), or Credit Card with a magic photo?

(5) What if the signer’s name on their ID is Reginald T Brown, Sr? How would you have the borrower initial before you damn them to eternal darkness?

(6) If a signer is signing as an agent for a Power of Attorney and the name on their ID reads John Smith, but John is signing for Harry Potter, would they sign Harry Potter’s name and be notarized as Harry Potter? How would you handle this not so unusual, but often misunderstood situation? I myself would solve the problem by taking the notarization to the castle of doom and finish it there using my magic notary seal (after doing a spell on it, and just to be safe, a spell-check)

(7) If your state requires you to thumbprint the signer in your journal (some states have this requirement and you should do it anyway for security even if not required) but the signer is missing their right thumb, what do you do, and how do you document this thumbprinting?

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October 5, 2015

The Five Food Groups of Notary Knowledge

I read Ann Handley’s blog about the five food groups of marketing blogging. But, what I didn’t realize is that the world of Notary knowledge also has several food groups. I’m just not sure if there are five…

Vegetables
Most notaries are like adolescent children. They hate taking tests, and hate eating their vegetables. But, vegetables are good for you say Jeremy and Carmen. Technical knowledge is the Notary equivalent of eating your vegetables. Learning about credible witnesses, spousal states, filling in the additional information sections on Acknowledgment forms, learning proper Oath verbiage — these are all nitpicky and very necessary forms of notary knowledge. Yet, most notaries are severely lacking on this type of knowlege. They can do the easy notarizations, but what happens when the going gets rough? Every Tuesday we publish blogs with technical knowledge for the benefit of the notaries. They get a free and valuable education. Unfortunately, notaries don’t want to read the technical blogs that much. They want to read about signing companies and some of our funny posts.

Meat & Poultry (vermin in the case of some)
We write posts about signing companies. Knowing which signing company is which, which have good reviews or bad, and how to get paid might constitute the meat of the notary business. Without this knowledge you won’t get fed, so you need it. Notaries love reading the dirt on signing companies, and it is not a waste of time at all. My advice is to learn to be quick at querying information on the web about signing companies on your i-phone in case one of them calls you up. You need to be able to find the informationin a snap, so you can know whether to work for them or not. Or, you can keep a handbook in your car and home of the various companies and keep notes that you update regularly about each company. That way you know if you should work for them. The vermin wise crack is a reference to signing companies who don’t pay up by the way!

Bread & Carbs
For me, marketing articles constitute bread and carbs. You need lots of marketing to give your business energy. Meat will make you strong, but Bread will give you long term energy the same way marketing gives you long term clients. We publish a Notary marketing article every Monday (Marketing Monday) for your educational purposes. Some of the articles are quite fun to read as well.

Milk & Dairy
I am not sure what type of notary knowledge can be represented by dairy products. Milk sounds like something that comes from a mother figure, so perhaps being mentored by a senior notary, or reading about the experience of a veteran Notary could approximate the equivalent of milk. We do not write many dairy oriented Notary articles, but perhaps we should! Ken writes the most in this category as he is the smartest notary I know!

Desserts
We write funny articles every Friday. Our Notaries love them. The total clicks for funny articles is nowhere near that for the ones about signing companies or articles showing who is making the most money and why. But, people always write in to us to thank us for the funny articles. They don’t generate the most clicks, but they generate the most smiles, and that is what counts on what we call Funny Friday over here at 123notary.

Condiments
Habanero peach aioli, mustard and Jalapeno honey dip might constitute condiments. Highly opinionated and controversial posts are good on a blog to raise people’s emotions and make them remember you. Once in a while we will post something opinionated or crazy, or tell a story about a notary who did something amazingly rude or illegal.

Summary
We hope you like the five food groups. Let us know if you have any suggestions. I’ll try to do more in the dairy department. I’m glad I wrote this little article because it reminded me to do so. Gotta go — dinner time!

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How good if your technical knowledge, should you learn more?
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October 3, 2015

Oct Best Signing Company Gossip

Filed under: Popular Signing Co. Lists,Signing Company Gossip — Tags: , — admin @ 1:05 am

Here is some of the best signing company gossip that we’ve had for the last half year.

Locate Notary
A Notary registered with Locate Notary. She had responded to an email from them about a Notary assignment. The company sent an email promising to send them the necessary information within an hour. However, the information never came. Then the Notary asked to be removed from their list. Nothing happened. The fee was $150, so she didn’t want to give up the assignment…
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4915

Sunshine Connection
The notary claimed this company had a “new” method of payment. But, there were four jobs that were not paid for. The checks had allegedly been sent. However, the checks were in the email attachment which the Notary never checked as he was checking snail mail. Bizarre!
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6994

US Notary Service
One notary claims they have many stories for non-payment.
#1 Wrong paypal address
#2 They had an alleged paypal receipt
#3 Claims they mailed the check. Notary called back in a week. They claim they are sending it.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5678
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5562

SnapDocs
You can’t download the documents unless you agree to the terms of the particular signing service. But, what if you don’t agree with the terms?
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6962

Bankserve
A Notary was accused of using the wrong documents at the signing. But, the Notary did not send themselves the documents. The documents were sent to them. Unless there were two versions of the same documents. Hmmm.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4302

Premiere Notary Service
Scroll down to April 11th. This company offered a Notary additional work when an outstanding invoice that was 60 days late had still not been paid! Amazing!
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5739

Timios Title
Timios is one of the all-time favorite Title Companies out there. But, a few Notaries claim that they used to love Timios more before the mass emailing system and the lower price jobs started happening!
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4907

Signature Closers – OH
Payment is always direct deposited on the 5th, even if the job done was the last day of the previous month!
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4901

Meymax Title
The loan officer upset the borrowers and the Notary was blamed! The borrowers were angry that the LO didn’t give them all of the pertinent information. Additionally, there was a written agreement for a $50 cancellation fee.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6950

Title Source
One Notary loves the weekly deposit system Title Source is using. It is just like a pay check just as long as you don’t make mistakes. This Notary claims Title Source is their bread and butter.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6035

Find out how a job involving 275 pages. The notary accepted, then declined the job. Then a happy salesman called the Notary and tried to sweet talk him. Did the notary mistake them for another company?
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7033

Premier Notary Service
One Notary says this company resolves issues fast. Jeremy was polite and conscientious and took care of everything. Not the same Jeremy as me though. I take at least 48 hours to resolve anything!
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7040

Mortgage Connect LP
One Notary want to blackball this company and get them shut down. This Notary wants to network with other Notaries at the annual conference to find a way to force Title companies to pay up. Do you think he/she will succeed?
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3430

FASS
One notary is upset that this company calls in orders that are too far away. Then, the Notary claims that docs are always late and that $75 is not enough. Boy oh boy!
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2829

Notary on the Run
The accountant is only there twice a month, but the invoice was 90 days old.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5681

Speedy Closings
The Notary was to get $40 for printing and travel. Now, the Notary wants to go to small claims court to collect.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2345

Skysail Group
Their website keeps track of all your signings online and you can access it by mobile phone!
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6058

Nations Direct
The check was sent to AR, not AZ. This Notary used to like Nations Direct, but they started paying her more — and that’s when the punctuality of the payments became an issue.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2436

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