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March 14, 2019

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Filed under: Carmen Towles — admin @ 9:34 am

1. Hello,
I wanted to ask here in Texas is there a penalty for a notary public who can sign off on a document with out the whole document even being filled out?

Jeremy’s answer
It is not legal for a Notary to notarize a document with any blanks in it.

2. Who do I report this to? The office manager is signing her own name to the notary space on customs forms. We sell to overseas clients and our customs forms have a space where a notary is suppose to certify what is in the package. The office manager says she can’t be bothered and signs her own name. She is not a notary. Who does this get reported to? Thanks
Comment by Pamela — March 20, 2018 @ 9:49 pm

Jeremy’s Answer
Please report this person to the FBI and the Secretary of State Notary division. Forgery is a serious crime and can be very harmful to society.

3. A notary with an oil/gas company in Ohio notarized my signature, backdating it for a year prior when my name was different. I never met with him, either, so he notarized my signature w/o verifying who I am. The document he notarized was not the document I was told I was signing. I was in another state working when he claims to have certified this doc, and it was dated to coincide with a lease document that our neighbors signed.
Comment by Sherry Zebley — September 4, 2016 @ 1:29 am

Jeremy’s Comment
Please report this person to the Secretary of State’s office. Additionally, you can ask an Attorney to check this Notary’s journal to see if your signature is in his journal. If not, then he has no proof he notarized you on a particular date.

4. I’m in California where I’ve learned very few notaries issue an oath for jurats and it’s not being enforced whatsoever. All clients tell me “no one’s ever asked me to take an oath before” including attorneys. They all look shocked when I take an oath. I’ve witnessed several experienced notaries fail to take my oath for jurats. My guess is that perhaps 5% perform oath’s for jurats in California.

Comment by notaryslife — December 28, 2011 @ 1:45 am

I totally agree with you notaryslife. I hear that same statement over and over again – “No one has ever put me under oath before.” It really makes me wonder where these notaries were trained and how they ever passed the notary exam.

Comment by Rebecca Ruben — January 3, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

Jeremy’s Comment:
It is not only fraud and perhaps perjury for a Notary to sign a Jurat form without administering an Oath, but it nullifies the notarization on a document and can nullify a loan signing as well if a judge ever finds out about what happened — or what didn’t happen. Oaths are required by law and all Notaries should take Oaths seriously or be thrown in the lion’s den.

5. I live in California and two separate notaries signed two separate real properties but the notaries never turned their books in 11 years later and I am fighting my father’s probate. I have called the police detective and nobody will arrest them. What is my recourse as I know that my father never signed these books as the homes were stolen from me by my stepmother and sister. Help!!!

Jeremy’s Comment
California has the most uncooperative law enforcement I have ever seen. They are always there to be rude to you but rarely there to do anything of value to society. Contact the FBI and Secretary of State’s office on this one.


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