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August 31, 2018

Shark Tank — Notarizing in the shower for executives

Filed under: Sit-Coms — Tags: — admin @ 9:15 am

ANNOUNCER: Next in the tank is an invention that can help busy time-strapped and soon to be clean executives get notarized in the shower so that they can save time.

FRANK: Greetings, contestants. I am Frank and I’m asking for $500,000 for 10% of my company called Shower Power Notarizations. How many times have you taken a shower and thought, man, I wish I could be multi-tasking while I were here. I wish I could get my such and such notarized. Well now you can, with my brand new Notary in a Tub business model, Shower Power Notarizations — “All the more shower to you.”

At Shower Power Notarizations, we are a service, with specialized dispatching of Notaries, and special patented waterproof Notary seals, documents, pens, and clothing, so that we can shower the executives of the nation with outstanding services while they are in the shower. We cater to the highest ethical standards. But, we do recommend to our clients who engage in fraud to start practicing now — the art of not dropping the soap. We also do jail notarizations, because we want a 10 years to life relationship with our clients, even if they are not the most ethical.

Mr. WONDERFUL: You’re telling me that I have to pay you half a million dollars for the insane hope that someday I make my money back on an invention that allows perverts who watch me take a shower and ask me to sign something afterwards?

FRANK: Well the perverts don’t watch you take a shower, they watch the executives take a shower, and normally the signing happens behind a curtain so that the Notary doesn’t see the signers’ other pen (if you know what I mean). And if it makes you feel any better, we throw in a free rubber ducky with every signing.

ROBERT: So, can I try your invention?

FRANK: Sure, just get into these swimming trunks and hop in. Here’s your notarized document.

ROBERT: I don’t wear trunks when I shower.

MARK CUBAN: Quick, activate the pixelation.

FRANK: Okay, I’m handing you the waterproof Notary journal. Sign here. In our state, they require wet signatures anyway.

ROBERT: Okay, I’m signing the journal and I already signed the document. That’s okay right? By the way, am I signing my life away with that document?

FRANK: No, it’s an affidavit saying that you like Donald Duck.

ROBERT: Well, just as long as it’s not Donald Trump.

FRANK: Okay, I’m stamping the document… Done!!! One minute and forty-three seconds. How is that for saving time in your executive life? Here is your complimentary rubber ducky with our company branding on it.

ROBERT: I’ll let you clean my body, but you’re not going to clean out my bank account. I’m out.

Mr. WONDERFUL: Deactivate the pixelation!

MARK CUBAN: If we buy 10%, could you throw in a few rubber duckies to sweeten the deal? Strike that. Your invention is all wet, in more ways than one. I’m out.

LAURI: I’m sorry to say this, but this is a rare incident where I would have to say — The Notary is a Quack. I call them when they’re zeros, and I call them when they’re heroes. And this one is a hero!

BARBARA: Are you nuts?

LAURI: I could sell this on QVC. We can demonstrate it with you in the shower. But, I’m going to need a lot more equity. 10% doesn’t get me excited.

Mr. WONDERFUL: What about watching Frank naked in a tub? Would that get you more excited?

LAURI: More excited than looking at your naked head.

ROBERT: How are your sales?

FRANK: Year to date, we have been flooded with orders and none of our overhead went down the drain. We grossed four million our first year. You cannot underestimate the severe time depravity and time poverty of executives. Saving them even one minute will make their day. These people all have assistants that make more than $100,000 per year by their side who will vouch for that fact. We sell to people who have more money than time with a very specialized service with a very high profit margin and strong popularity. Don’t throw cold water on us just yet.

LAURI: I’m going to make you an offer, Frank. But, I want a lot more equity. I’ll give you the $500,000, but I want 50% of your business.

ROBERT: Shazam!!! She’s really throwing out the baby with the bathwater, Frank.

Mr. WONDERFUL: This is the biggest nothing burger I ever saw. You should take it back behind the barn and shoot it.

FRANK: You don’t have to get all in a lather about it.

Mr. WONDERFUL: I’m out.

FRANK: Okay, 50% is a little steep.

LAURI: Do you have a counter?

FRANK: I stick to bathrooms not kitchens, so I don’t have much of a counter. But, how about 25%.

LAURI: No, I have to stay at 50, it’s going to be a lot of work getting this out there.

FRANK: I don’t like your conditioner… I mean conditions. I’m out.

LAURI: You can’t be out, only we can say I’m out.

FRANK: This whole experience has left me feeling dirty. I’m going home to take a shower.


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August 30, 2018

Notary Public Information

Notary Public

If you would like general information about the Notary world, read this! There are many things to know about the Notary world from how to become a Notary, how to find one, and the particular types of jobs and Notary acts Notaries do (or commit.) We will try to elaborate on all of this information below.


Become a Notary Public

To become a Notary Public requires contacting your state’s Notary division. Most states have rules for who can become a Notary.


No felons allowed!
You generally have to be free of felony convictions or of convictions of crimes that involve moral turpitude such as fraud.

Residency requirements
You should be a legal resident of the state you want to be commissioned in as a general rule, although some states allow residents of neighboring states who work in state.

No citizenship requirements
You generally do not need to be a US citizen, although you should be able to read, write and speak English well.

You need to be 18 or older in most if not all states.

State Notary Divisions Contact Info


What do Notaries do?
Notaries can perform a short variety of Notarial acts which can differ from state to state. These acts include performing Acknowledgments, Jurats, Oaths, Affirmations, Proofs, and some states allow Copy Certification of Powers of Attorneys or other documents, Witnessing, Safety Deposit Openings, Protests for non-payment of bills and more. Let’s focus on understanding the more universal acts first.

Acknowledgments — A Notary Public may notarize an Acknowledged signature which is a signature that a signer acknowledged signing. This involves the signer presenting a signed document to the notary, signing the Notary’s journal, and presenting current government issued photo ID to the Notary. The rules may differ from state to state, but this is a general description. Read more…

Jurats — A Notary Public may execute a Jurat which would involve the signer or Affiant (one who swears under Oath or signs an Affidavit) to sign and swear to the document in the presence of the Notary Public. Read more…

Oaths — Notaries can administer (supervise) Oaths as well. Oaths are by definition part of the Jurat procedure for Oaths on documents. But, Oaths can also be done for remote court attendance for Florida Courts by Notaries and Oaths on oral statements. Read more…

Affirmations — Affirmations are similar to Oaths. Affirmations are also formal statements made under the legal penalty of perjury, but do not use the traditional verb “swear” or the term “under God.” In an Affirmation you affirm on your honor rather than to a higher power. Read more…

Proofs of Execution — Proofs are an unusual Notary act that cannot generally be done for important documents. But, the signer can sign in front of a subscribing witness (a person who sees them sign) and then the witness can appear before the Notary and have the Notary fill out a certificate indicating the same. Read more..


Notary FAQ


Q. How long is a Notary term?
A. The term for Notary Public is generally from 3 to 10 years and is up to the state. Louisiana commissions Notaries for life.

How long is a Notary term? —

Q. What is a Notary’s jurisdiction?
A. Normally, a Notary can notarize in any county of the state(s) they are commissioned in. Louisiana commissions either statewide or to their home parishes plus reciprocal parishes. There are a few exceptions nationally to this rule, and military Notaries have a very different type of jurisdiction that you can look up.

Q. Can a Notary get in trouble?
A. Notaries who break the law, make errors filling out forms, or don’t keep a journal can get in big trouble with the law, and even be treated like a suspect in identity fraud if they don’t leave a good paper trail. Notaries who cause damages to parties by upholding the law can get in trouble too if they don’t clearly explain the reason why they cannot offer services.

Q. What do I need to be notarized?
A. As a general rule, a current government issued Photo-ID, and a statement or document to be notarized is all you need.

Q. How much does a Notary cost?
A. Notary fees are set by the states and Notaries can run anywhere from 25 cents to $15. You can look up Notary fees on state notary division websites. I believe that all states except North Carolina keep their information open to the public.

How much can a notary charge —

Q. How much does a Mobile Notary cost?
A. Some states have rules for how much a person can charge for travel fee. But, generally rates run from $25 to $60 for mobile fees plus the cost of the actual notarization.

Q. Can a notary notarize in a jail?
A. Yes, but you need to make sure the inmate can be identified in a way acceptable to the state where he/she is incarcerated.

Jail Notary Jobs from A to Z —


Additional Helpful Links

Notary Public 101

How to become a successful Mobile Notary from scratch

Signing Agent Best Practices: 63 Points

Seven error free ways to identify a signer

Notary Vocbulary in our Glossary



August 29, 2018

We are a notary directory and therefore should not discuss certain topics

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: — admin @ 9:55 am

At 123notary, we are equal opportunity. We provide the same opportunities to all genders, races, nationalities, etc. Additionally, we write comedy blog articles and publish generally one per week since our readers like it.

The conflict is, do we have the right, or should we publish cultural humor? Is it inappropriate? The answer is that any humor is inappropriate on a government site or big business site. So, if we removed some humor, we would have to remove all humor. However, we are a small and informal business, and we like writing comedy because it pleases myself and the readers love to read it.

The irony is the the posts that get the most controversy and complaints are also the posts that are the most read — which is why I keep writing them.

The issue is that the amount of hatred I receive as a result of writing cultural satire (which is not racist at all and does not demean anyone), is a problem. Hatred has no place in our community. What I am writing is not hateful, was not written with an attitude of hate, and is not meant to upset anyone. The people who are upset and acting hateful to me do want to harm me, scare me, upset me, etc. There is no reasonable cause for the hateful backlash for harmless satire. All TV networks have the same type of humor on their prime time shows that are geared towards children. The same type of cultural humor is aired on TV. Do you bash all of the national networks because they have cultural satire, or do you only bash individuals who are helpless your mob type online lynching.

I think that there is a large community or collection of individuals out there, probably leftists, and definitely anti-white whether they are non-white or not. This collection of people strongly desires to abuse white men, or abuse people in general and is just looking for an opportunity to hurt someone. They choose to hurt me because they have been culturally programmed (happens a lot in America these days) to attack those who exercise their freedom of speech and attack those who cross what I call the “freedom of speech color line.”

If you are black, you can walk down the street using the “n” word frequently and nobody bats and eyelash.
But, if you are write and criticize the behavior of these particular black individuals there will be a lynch mob of anti-white racists waiting to spit all over you and falsely accuse you (the white person) of being a racist when you were complaining about behavior, and not race. Whites are routinely targeted for false accusations because the media has brainwashed us into thinking that white = racist, or that whites are the only people who might be racist. The fact is that whites of this generation walk around on their tiptoes trying hard not to say anything that could correctly or incorrectly be misconstrued as racist and still get routinely and systemically accused of being racist. The reality is that there are racists in all races, and that writing cultural comedy or making a harmless joke about race DOES NOT make you a racist, and the joke itself is cultural and NOT racist. And falsely accusing people who use their freedom of speech to say an opinion or abusing people for using their freedom of speech is an abuse of civil rights and freedom of speech. I feel my constitutional rights have been abused by those who hurl hatred at me for publishing harmless satire. If you like going around abusing people, that will come back to you. And I will not tolerate it.

If you don’t like something I write — nobody is forcing you to read it.


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August 28, 2018

Be at your best at all times…..

Filed under: Carmen Towles — admin @ 11:01 am

I always try to be kind and treat people the way I want to be treated. I do my best, but sometimes I fall short. This is one such occasion.

I got a call from a nice woman needing my notary services. I could tell that English was not her first language. (I assumed because of where I live that she was Asian. This is not relevant now but will be later in the story) She said she had her sister’s ID, but her sister was out of the country, I then went on to explain to her that the person who I would be notarizing the signature for must be present. I continued to ask a few more questions. And with those questions came clarity. Often times folks have no idea of what they need. Bottom line was that she had a POA (power of attorney) that SHE was to sign giving her sister power of attorney to sign for on her behalf. Therefore, no need for the sister to be present.

With a greater understanding of what she really needed, also realizing that she wasn’t going to be able to afford my travel fee. And since I was already out and about, I agreed to meet her at the Coffee Bean and gave her the address. As I drank my coffee and waited for her, I received a call from one of the members. I was fully engaged in my conversation and had began pacing (which I often do when on the phone), when a very young woman of color approached me and said something inaudible. I snapped at her and said, “Do you see me on the phone?”. She looked shaken and taken aback and she went to the corner of the shop. A couple of minutes passed and as I began winding down my phone conversation, I notice her still in the corner watching me, when I also notice a piece of paper in her hand. I think to myself, “Oh no, could this be the person that I am waiting for?”

I immediately hung up from the call and walked over to her and said: “Are you the person that needs notary services?”, I am thinking please say it ain’t so, LOL. She half smiles and nods and says; “Yes, I am the one”. I felt VERY SMALL at that moment. I empathically told her, that I was sorry and that I was expecting an Asian woman. She was surprised by this, but I told her that peoples’ phone voices can play tricks on me. She nodded in agreement. However, I still had no right to presume her nationality. I live in a predominately Asian community and the young women on the phone had sounded Asian to me. And unfortunately that is what I was looking for. I shouldn’t have judged her nationality in the first place and I most definitely shouldn’t have been rude.

I took care of her notarization, apologized again profusely and off she went. After she had gone, I thought to myself that I will most likely be getting my first negative review. I felt bad about this but also knew that I would deserve it for my bad behavior. A few days later still upset with myself, I happened to be on the site that she found me and I was shocked. There it was, a new review and it seems she hadn’t held my bad behavior against me. It was positive. This is what she wrote, And I quote; “She’s very patient and helpful! She made sure that I understand the process and what can I expect from the party receiving my papers. I will use her services in the future for sure!”

Moral of the story; We all have bad days but be kind to everyone…


August 27, 2018

Emailing questions to notaries proves fruitful

Filed under: General Articles — Tags: — admin @ 11:07 am

I emailed hundreds of Notaries with notary questions. Carmen likes the idea, and she told me why.

1. Convenience — Notaries have the chance to answer the question at their convenience instead of being put on the spot by me which makes them uncomfortable and sometimes mad!

2. Learning — Notaries have the chance to learn something by looking things up in their NNA materials or on our blog or other sources. Learning should be a regular part of a Notary’s life, so I am glad to give them a chance to learn.

3. Certification — I have been able to give temporary certifications and reinstate people’s certifications who lost it because I could not reach them to test. I would like to have at least 1000 certified member, but people are mostly sluggish about studying and being cooperative, so this goal will not be possible until the market shifts.

4. Wrong Emails — I get to see whose emails bounce and whose are wrong. I can remove free listings who are out of the loop. This is valuable information and it only takes a minute for me to sent them an email and make a record of it.

I am happy that you are learning something, and hope you enjoy our Notary Public 101 course on the blog as it is packed with pertinent information, particularly the scenarios page which can get you out of a bind and save you from a bad review.


August 26, 2018

Are you practicing law by drawing a signature line?

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — admin @ 11:14 am

Are you practicing law by drawing a signature line?

As usual my opening ambiguous answer: it depends. Depends on what you are probably thinking. Well IMHO it depends on where that line is to be drawn. I view items to be notarized as consisting of two sections. The document and the notary section, the former is outside of my “sphere of influence. Conversely, the notary section is my domain exclusively.

I have a simple policy regarding the document area, I don’t touch it, nada; not at all. If a correction is to be made in the document, the affiant(s) make it, and they initial it. That rule applies to additions, changes and redactions. Often I have been requested to change something in the document section; I request that in writing. Then, the instructions are passed to the affiant(s) as “requested” modifications; with the source of the request explicitly shown.

Of course if the signature line where I as the notary should sign is missing I, using a credit card as a straight edge, draw it in. Not so for the document itself, that is a job for the affiant(s). Am I carrying my “keep out of the document” policy to an extreme? Probably, but it’s a slippery slope when violating a basic rule.

Often the notary section is split. The Venue (State of: & County of:) might appear at the very top. That is still part of the notary section and must show where the notary signed. We all know to either fill it in if blank, or redact the inappropriate entry (notary initials at one end of the redaction line) and neatly prints the correct value(s). The affiant(s) do not initial changes to the Venue. Thus, the document section and the notary section(s) are “touched” only by their owners.

Back to that missing affiant signature line. It’s not really required. Often there is just a box for the signature or only an indication of where the affiant is supposed to sign. Would I really ask them it draw that silly line? Probably I would give them the option to do so; and let them decide if they want to. It has happened to me a few times. They are split on the option; some do, some don’t – it matters not a bit to me.

Let me stress the major “take away” from this article again. Don’t write, not even a tiny bit outside of the notary section. Pass along requests, but do not make the marks yourself. The affiant(s) will be initialing those modifications and they should be in “affiant handwriting”.


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August 25, 2018

Michael Cohen and the Notary

Filed under: Other Guest Bloggers — Tags: — admin @ 11:11 am

The following is a phone call between Michael Cohen and a possible notary:

Notary: Thank you for calling D.C. Notary Service, how can I help you?

Cohen: Hi, uh, I need a notary, to uh, sign something…

Notary: Well you’ve come to the right place, notaries sign stuff. Can I ask what part of D.C. you’re calling from?

Cohen: The White House–uh I mean, uh MY house! In D.C….

Notary: (Pause) Okay, well what part of D.C. do you live in?

Cohen: In the Downtown area…Near Pennsylvania…(beat) I mean, I can’t hear what you’re saying-a?

Notary: (beat) Alright, we have an office near Pennsylvania. I could give you that address and phone number, if you’d like?

Cohen: Okay, yeah, but do you typically deal with high level clients?

Notary: I’m not at liberty to say…

Cohen: Well, I need someone who can work with highly important officials, like you know, important people…Like Presidents… OF COMPANIES!! Not like the President of the United States or anything!..

Notary: Right… We can handle larger documents.

Cohen: Great. My client will be just peachy to hear this.

Notary: Don’t you mean orangy! Haha.

Cohen: Excuse me?

Notary: The client, it’s Trump isn’t it?

Cohen: How did you know?!

Notary: Attorney-Client Privilege isn’t your strong suit…I mean, you gave away every hint…

Cohen: (nervously) Hey, I know the law! I understand what that client-attorney privilg-y thing is…But quick question, can you forge some signatures? The President doesn’t want the porn start to actually sign–

Notary: (Hangs up).

Cohen: Hmm, that’s the third one…Wonder what I’m doing wrong.


August 24, 2018

Notaries who feel entitled

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 8:14 am

At 123notary, we have this unpopular practice of testing people to make sure they know what they are doing. Unfortunately, most fail our test with varying degrees of incompetence. People don’t like being quizzed because they know they will fail, yet they always claim to be great Notaries.

The problem is that some of our more loyal clients who have been Notaries for 20 years claim that they shouldn’t have to pass our test or take our test. Some of these people are operating on a 20% level of competency. How is it they survived in this business so long without knowing what they are doing. How is it that nobody else is chastising them for not knowing what they are doing. Customers who hire Notaries are normally unaware of proper notary procedure and also not aware of the consequences of careless Notary work. The result is that I am treated like the bad guy for being the one person who scrutinizes notaries. I do so because I do know the difference and don’t like the attitude of those who don’t give a damn.

In any case, we are having an argument with a New Mexico Notary who just won’t pass our test. He got a failing grade before, and now we jacked up his renewal rate since he is a risk to our reputation for quality. Why can’t he just study? It takes only a few hours to learn what you need to learn as a notary and that will help you for the rest of your life. Why all the resistance. Carmen even tutors people for free sometimes if they are a loyal client.

The fact is that I cannot make exceptions for veteran Notaries. All Notaries need to know what they are doing — no exceptions. If you don’t know, we will allow you to learn. But, refusing to learn is not an option. Our reputation with title companies matters to us, and I do not give you permission to ruin it.


August 23, 2018

Are we enemies? Many Notaries behave as if we were.

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:53 am

Many people who advertise with me behave as if we are enemies. Some want to bash me while others want to put me out of business for having policies that they personally disagree with. It is up to me what policies I have and not up to you. If you don’t like my policies, there are other sites to advertise on.

I am here to HELP you get more business. However, I require people to answer notary questions from time to time. If you become hateful or evasive when someone asks you notary questions, that means you are not a real notary, and should not have a commission and should not be listed with us.

I do not ask much of our Notaries. I ask them to prove to me they know what they are doing, login to their listing, add a notes section and be reasonably polite. That is not a lot to ask. Cooperation is key here. But, what should I do with those who just don’t cooperate or who are dangerous to the public?

In the long run I can not and will not list dangerous notaries. I’ll either teach them how to be safe, remove them for incompetency, or raise my prices so that fewer bad notaries want to advertise.

I’m trying to help good notaries get business without all the drama. So, I am raising my prices to keep the riff-raff out. I might have to raise them again if I keep having problems with discipline.


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August 22, 2018

Aug 2018 signing company gossip

Filed under: Signing Company Gossip — Tags: — admin @ 11:47 am

Here is the latest signing company gossip. There is not much since things are so slow. But, some Notaries claim to be busy!

One Notary doesn’t like what she describes as the insulting low fees. Another recommends using the spam button.


Signing Stream
A Notary complains that this company changes their price offering after the job is done.


A rising tide lifts all boats write one notary who wants everyone to demand more fees.


Superior Notary
One notary complains that she was told the package would be 21-29 pages, but it was 43 pages according to her.


Palm Castle Signings
One notary claims to have gotten paid fast while another complains about ignored emails


Great Lakes Settlement
One notary was concerned about bad reviews, but talked it over and got paid fast!


Accountable Agents
One notary says “always happy to hear from these guys.”


That’s all for this time.

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