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November 13, 2017

Notary loses $4000 in legal fees because fraud adds name to Acknowledgment certificate.

When I was a Notary and was handed some other Notary’s work, I normally saw that the he/she/they and capacity(ies) that needed cross outs did not have cross outs. By omitting the cross outs you cannot know if the signer is a single man, woman, or multiple people. California no longer allows Notaries to verify capacity which leaves one less thing to cross out.

If you as a Notary omit to cross out the she/they on an Acknowledgment for a single man, someone could add another name to the certificate and get away with it undetected. Notaries can be extremely negligent and don’t get caught — usually. But, I catch them by the dozen every day and penalize them on my site. I throw hundreds of Notaries off my site for failing my over the phone Notary quizzes. And others stay on the site but I deduct points from their point algorithm results which makes it very hard for them to upgrade. You might not take doing your job correctly seriously, but I do.

And then the Notaries who take their job seriously, but have been doing it wrong for 20 years and think that their work is flawless. I will catch you. I will expose many things you are not doing or are doing incorrectly. Better that I catch you rather than ending up in court with legal fees for not filling out forms correctly. Being a Notary is not rocket science. There is no reason for such negligence!


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  1. Jeremy, I’m with you 100% on this blog!

    Comment by Ellen Michaels — November 13, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Yes, you leave me shaking in my shoes every time you call. You scare me. Which is good. It drives me to re investigate current laws and practices and how I do my job. You make me panic.

    Comment by Jessica Koloski — January 11, 2018 @ 11:07 pm

  3. So much craziness going on out there in the world of Notories, I always try to do my best for signers, thank the Lord I can count on 1 hand my mistakes of a date or a stamp, but I am still learning will continue to learn the wording, what some of the docs are called, I love my job and meeting the different people. Thank you again for such informative article’s. Jackie Brown

    Comment by Jackie Brown — June 3, 2018 @ 1:20 pm

  4. Right! I concur with Jessica Koloski post, plus he calls when I am usually a minute from bedtime, at my worst mentally.
    Please call me in the am on a land line! nothing but praise Jeremy!

    Comment by David R Collins — June 7, 2018 @ 6:43 pm

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