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February 27, 2017

What NOT to put at the top of your notes section

Filed under: Your Notes Section — admin @ 7:20 am

The battle to get our Notaries to fill in their notes section is huge. But, the next hurdle is to get people to put the right stuff. Smart Notaries read our blog articles on how to write a great notes section or see what other Notaries in high places are doing. But, most Notaries write very generic and poorly organized notes. Here are some things you should not put in your notes section, or at least not at the top.

I have been a Real Estate Agent for ten years.
People are hiring you as a Notary, and not a Realtor. If you want to mention low in your notes additional things about yourself as a “by the way” type of thing, then fine. But, don’t put this at the top of your notes or you won’t get clicks.

NNA Certified
Certifications are good, but NNA certification doesn’t help so much on 123notary. Our certification helps on our site. You can mention NNA certification near the bottom of your notes where you talk about your E&O, and other background information.

Background Screened
Once again, this goes in your additional info section lower in your notes section.

I am dependable and responsible
The worst Notaries start their notes section with these meaningless adjectives. All Notaries consider themselves to be responsible, but when people hire them, it’s a different story. Responsible Notaries describe themselves and their skillsets WITHOUT using the word responsible.

I will keep your information confidential
That is as useful as to promise not to kill the borrower’s dog. People take for granted you won’t share their information with others as that could be considered criminal or grossly inconsiderate.

I’m flexible
How flexible? People who are open 9-5 claim to be flexible. The word means nothing. Give hours, not vagueness.

Repeating your name
The top of your notes section shows up on the search results page. People already know your name. They need to know your skills.

I am an experienced Notary Signing Agent
How much experience? Give specifics not wishy-washy statements.

Areas Covered
Put this near the bottom of your notes, not at the top. People want to know what you can do before they know where you can do it.

I understand I am representing you and your reputation
If you want to ramble on and on about wishy-washy understandings, do this low in your notes section in the section where you talk about your personal style.

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February 26, 2017

123notary will accept Notary2Pro Certification

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 9:58 pm

Email us if you are Notary2Pro certified. We respect their training program and will give you our certification if you forward us your paperwork from the Notary2Pro certification program.

123notary wants a higher percentage of our Notaries to have the certification icon. Unfortunately, we make them earn it which means most of them can’t because they fall on their face when they take our test.

Email
info@123notary.com
if you passed the Notary2Pro certification

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February 25, 2017

When did Notary Cafe become decaffeinated?

Filed under: Signing Company Gossip — Tags: — admin @ 9:56 pm

Notary Cafe has been around for a long time. They are also renowned for quality. They have some of the best Notaries around. It is just that they have so few Notary profiles available to the public and so few people searching on their site. We recommend Notary Cafe, but don’t expect miracle results from them.

Notary Cafe used to be more popular ten or more years ago. But, they lost their buzz or as I like to say, became decaffeinated. But, decaf still has 40% of the caffeine as regular coffee, so they are still in the running so to speak. Just don’t add too much cream or sugar.

Meanwhile with the advent of SnapDocs, all of the other Notary directories lost a lot of traffic. 123notary’s mobile page reprogramming is helping us to regain market share quickly, so wish us well with that. It affects you!

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February 24, 2017

Notary with Tourettes Syndrome

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 6:52 am

NOTARY: Do you swear under Oath?

SIGNER: I do

NOTARY: Well you should hear me swear under Oath. I swear whether I’m under a &%?-ing Oath or not.

SIGNER: So, what do I sign first?

NOTARY: Go to hell — here!

SIGNER: I’m signing this Affidavit that I swore to.

NOTARY: Have sex — that’s perfect!

SIGNER: I’m very fond of this document.

NOTARY: Fondle it!

SIGNER: My wife made me sign this.

NOTARY: Kill her. I’ll kill her!

SIGNER: That’s one way of solving my marital problems.

NOTARY: Having sex is another.

SIGNER: Just as long as it’s not with another.

NOTARY: So, what’s the next document — pervert!

SIGNER: My next document is a civil action.

NOTARY: There’s nothing civil about your two middle fingers.

SIGNER: Leave my fingers out of this.

NOTARY: Okay — have sex without fingers.

SIGNER: In that case I won’t be able to provide a digital signature.

NOTARY: I think we all know what I’m going to say next and where this is going.

SIGNER: You mean digital sex?

NOTARY: I’m rubbing off on you.

SIGNER: Kill a Notary

NOTARY: Am I that bad?

SIGNER: Go to hell. But, I’m an athiest and don’t believe in hell.

NOTARY: (Sneezes)

SIGNER: Nobody bless you!

NOTARY: Why Nobody?

SIGNER: Because I don’t believe in God or blessings. So I give non-blessings.

NOTARY: Okay, then go to non-hell.

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February 23, 2017

Things that Work Well

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — admin @ 9:10 pm

In this installment I’m going to share a variety of things that work well. Most of them will be new to you, but I have been using them for years. Almost all are available on Amazon, there you will find additional information, and reviews by others; or a Google search.

Bear Grease – This is my favorite leather conditioner. Smear on a thin layer and allow to dry overnight in a warm area. It soaks in and renews old, stiff leather to flexible softness. It will darken light colors. Also works to waterproof the seams of leather boots.

Magic Lube – What Bear Grease is to leather, Magic Lube is to rubber and plastic. My Sony Shower Radio uses a plastic flexible membrane for the controls. It’s a fine radio, but many have complained about the membranes cracking from frequent use. I put on a light layer of Magic Lube once or twice a year to prevent this. Also perfect for rubber “O” rings and hose gaskets.

Sangean CL-100 – Weather alert radio. One of the very few that processes the “shut off” signal so the radio goes silent after the alert audio, most others require you to go to the radio to silence it after alert. If you miss the alert, a red light comes on and the window scrolls the alert message.

Simichrome All Metal Polish – Just a tiny bit is needed, get the small tube. Wipe it on, let item set for a few minutes; polish it off with a clean cloth. Powerful stuff, shield eyes, wash hands.
Kidde KN-COPP-B-LPM Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm – The alarm woke us in the middle of the night. We woke groggy with headaches and called the fire department after opening windows. Fire Dept confirmed heating system in basement malfunctioned.

Gerber EAB Lite Pocket Knife – Tiny and always super sharp, it holds a “contractor type” razor blade that is replaceable using a dime to remove the blade holding screw.

Swiss Quick Disconnect Key Chain (http://www.countycomm.com/swisskey.html) – Allows me to remove ignition key from keychain, similar items on other sites not well made.

ROR Lens Cleaner – Safe for even the finest optical coatings, leaves no residue. Also cleans the screen protector on my cell phone to a glossy and somewhat fingerprint resistant shine.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Cell Phone – the last Galaxy that allows changing the battery and also adding a memory chip. Waterproof, battery lasts me 2-3 days with mobile notary use.

Smash Mute – A big red Mute button that mutes your TV. It learns the “mute” code from your existing TV remote. Long range powerful signal and very easy to find / use.

Tivo ( http://weaknees.com ) – Magical machine that can replace cable box. Pauses live TV, can search and record upcoming shows that meet your criteria, eg: record all starring James Stewart.

The Executioner Fly Swat Wasp Bug Mosquito Swatter Zapper – Looks like a tennis racket, but high voltage wires zap insects instantly. Had a large hornet in our camper, one touch with this and problem solved. Pro model stronger with 2 “C” cells, regular model smaller uses 2 AA cells.

Let me know what worked for you, your feedback would be appreciated.

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February 22, 2017

Notary study skills are poor. But, raising rates would attract better blood

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 7:27 am

The Notary industry needs new blood. But, people who are good at school normally have better options unless they want to slow down and enjoy a life with more freedom. The fact is that only 25% of our Notaries on board have passed our very easy certification test which only involves a few hours of study.

People who are Notaries today do not have the best study skills and do not realize how critical their tasks are. The Secretary of State Notary Divisions also don’t get it. To attract professional people, you need to offer higher rates, and perhaps higher minimum rates. You need to prevent sloppy people from getting into this industry to begin with. 123notary’s Elite Certified members are more studious as a bunch, but they represent only 2.5% of the total. California just raised its maximum rate for an Acknowledged signature to $15, but there is no minimum which makes it possible to get a Notary to work for peanuts as there are several hundred thousand others who can do the same job.

I am normally against the idea of minimum wage. But, there is so much exploitation and sloppy service in this business that I believe the solution is to put more money on the table and attract a better crowd. I can’t guarantee that paying more would attract more people. It might attract the worst quality Attorneys out there who can’t make a living doing Attorney work. Some of them answer Notary and signing questions so poorly that the average Non-Attorney notary could out-do them without even trying.

Maybe it would be better to have a minimum wage as an experiment to see if a higher quantity of more educated people would sign up, especially if the industry players decided to have higher standards. On the other hand, it might require fees of up to $300 per signing to attract motivated people rather than desperate people. I guess we’ll never find out!

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February 21, 2017

Power of Attorney of the Future

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — Tags: — admin @ 9:09 pm

The Legal professional moves at a snail pace. On the other hand the Medical profession has advances at rocket speed. This will eventually lead to the Power of Attorney of the Future, mainly due to advances in medical procedures. Unfortunately the Legal profession, unable to keep up, will inherit some unexpected situations.

Consider the Power of Attorney of the Future. Rather than the current procedure of giving a piece of notarized paper from Principal to Agent, an alternative will be forthcoming. The mind of the Principal can be transferred into the Agent! Of course this will not be a one-way street. The reverse transfer of Agent to Principal will also occur. Thus both the Principal as well as the Agent will each have two separate mental “memory banks” sharing their brains.

There will, of course, be no need for a Monitor assigned via the Power of Attorney, but that can be done. It might get a bit crowded for the Monitor who will have Monitor brain, Principal brain and Agent brain – all sharing that cranial cavity.

As the Power of Attorney form is a delegation of authority instrument, there is a need for a “pecking order” of brain function within each individual. For the Monitor, that person’s original brain is “boss”. For the Agent the Principal brain is boss, with the Agent’s original brain in a subservient capacity. After all, the Principal should always have the last word. For the Principal their original equipment is boss, with the Agent brain and the Monitor sharing second place.

If the above paragraph is clear to you please leave a comment about this blog explaining your understanding to me. Whatever.

Gone is the tedious need for communications. As the brain “essence” exists in multiple bodies, a telepathic bond is created, either in duo or triplicate. No, I am not going to even consider the effect or pecking order of Successor Agents. Even worse than Successor Agents would be multiple Agents, who might or might not have to act in unison. Ye gads this is getting complex.

The legal ramifications affect even the humble notary. With multiple “personalities” and with them having “legal authority” precisely how is the oath to be given and to whom? Of course with this much confusion there will be plenty for the lawyers (who thrive on ambiguity) to work with. Can the notary notarize the direct signature of the Principal when the body of the Agent matches the presented ID? The Power of Attorney currently allows “acting in behalf of” – but when the thoughts are of the Principal, via the body of the Agent – perhaps the need for the currently required Power of Attorney signature verbiage becomes unnecessary.

Not complicated enough? Consider the Principal granting different Power of Attorney rights to multiple Agents for varying purposes. Throw in a few Successor Agents, perhaps a Monitor or two and the poor Principal is afflicted with a real “head full” of personalities.

Of course it will be the task of the notary public to resolve all of the conflicts and “do the right thing”. To really understand the situation and notarize properly the notary will have to adopt the psychs (all of them) of the person before them with the ID. That might take a bit of room in the skull of the notary. My only suggestion is for notaries to prepare for the future by considering a lobotomy to make some additional room for the personalities involved. As you can probably tell from the above, I’ve had the surgery; more than half of my brain was removed. I’m ready!

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February 20, 2017

A Notary told us our Certification was approved by 1st American

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 7:36 am

I was calling Notaries up to inform them of the merits of our certification program when one tole me that our certification has finally been approved in the real world. He told me that 1st American Title is now accepting NNA or 123notary.com certification. Personally, I feel that our test is harder than NNA’s, so why accept anything else?

Let us know if you come across companies that like our certification. The people who use our site give double the business to those who passed our test and have our icon which is proof of the pudding so to speak although proof is off my diet — but, pudding isn’t!

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February 19, 2017

Need an NNA Alternative?

Filed under: Business Tips — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 9:53 pm

NNA is a very reliable and quality organization that has been helping Notaries with education, supplies, background checking, and a world-class technical hotline for years. We at 123notary recommend them highly. However, their fees can be a bit high for some budgets, and you are probably thinking of alternatives for your Notary needs. Some claim that NNA has gotten too big, and is no longer the optimal source for Notaries to rely on. I refrain from having a personal opinion on this matter, although I would say that you should analyze your various Notary needs, and find the ideal source for each need rather than relying on one-stop shopping unless you feel that one-stop shopping makes more sense. So, here are the alternatives.

Signing Agent Education
(1) 123notary offers good loan signing combos with solid marketing advice and the convenience of take home course in printable, online, or take home book.
(2) We recommend Notary2Pro if you want thorough training and hand holding. they train their Notaries better than anyone else. Their courses are not as affordable as 123notary’s and do not have the marketing expertise that 123notary does, but they excel at nuts and bolts technical training.

Background Checks
NNA and Sterling are the two acceptable names for background checks. So, if you want an alternative to NNA, try Sterling.

Directories
SigningAgent.com used to deliver more jobs to Notaries than it does now. Over the last six years it has gone down hill from what I’ve heard.
(1) 123notary is a good source for high paying notary work
(2) SnapDocs is a good source for low-ball signing work for beginners
(3) NotaryRotary is the runner up for a mix of signing agent work ranging from top-notch to low-ball.

E&O Insurance
Notary Rotary and other organizations also sell Notary E&O insurance. Not sure who has better prices, but you can shop around.

Supplies
There are various companies around the nation that offer supplies, Notary Rotary being one of them. Personally, I always relied on NNA as my sole destination for thumbprinters, acknowledgment pads, carry-all bags, and anything else I needed.

Summary
NNA seems to be the best destination for one-stop Notary shopping. However, the alternatives might offer better prices and in some cases better quality especially for signing agent education, background screening, and directory marketing. However, for E&O and supplies they would be my first choice. I am not here to make your decision for where you should go for what. But, compare the competition for each type of items or services that you need, perhaps try each option out, and then optimize your decision making skills!

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February 18, 2017

BNN Signing Services — mixed reviews

Filed under: Signing Company Gossip — Tags: , — admin @ 9:35 pm

I rewrote and condensed some of the more interesting Notary comments about Bilingual Notary Network.

(1) One Notary says BNN met their fee and paid within two weeks. That Notary claims they would gladly accept more work from BNN

(2) 17408 claims they were paid within 30 days and never even had to call for pay!

(3) But, Joannieh had to wait for 113 days with no pay and found them to be rude.

(4) karmw1 did a $90 signing and had to wait for months. This notary tried four times by email and phone and is not impressed.

(5) Chuck did a signing for them. A month later he was told when the check would be sent out. A month later he was told there needed to be a reissue. On 4/22 he was told the check went out on 4/15. But, on 4/27 he was told the check went out 4/21. Good God!

(6) “I too have done a fair number of signings for Bilingual and have had nothing but positive experiences with them. Most importantly, they’ve always paid on time.”

Jeremy’s comments
You need to keep records of who owes you money for what and how fast they pay. If a company is too much trouble, you need to demand payment up front so you don’t have to chase them around wondering if you will ever get paid. It’s a waste of labor and very stressful.

You might also like:

See our feed on SnapDocs (many articles)
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=snapdocs

2016 most active signing companies
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16482

Be an independent field agent! Supplement your notary income.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16991

The “Met My Fee” list of signing companies
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16979

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