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January 5, 2013

No place to sit?

Tale of a Texas Notary

Texas is known as a state for independent thinkers andpeople who do things differently.

In one particular case, a Texas notary got to a signing only to be invited into the living room to find that there was no place to sit. “Ya’ll sit down,” the client warmly invited the notary. The room was filled with junk and papers, but there were no chairs or tables, yet this was where the client insisted the notary take the acknowledgment and perform her other duties.

One of the stray newspapers was 20 years old; a match in that room would have caused the end of the signing and more. Old milk bottles and the crates they had come in lined one wall. There was also a collection of whiskey bottles, some empty and some not. Scrap metal, old Chevrolet parts, and an old Kelvinator refrigerator were other memorable items. A saw and a hammer and nails lay on the floor, but there was no project being worked on. As it was, the notary had to sit on a stool and put all the papers on her lap, putting one document after another underneath the pile as they were signed. Despite the clutter, the notary persevered and did her job.

The fee our Texas notary could charge for this? An acknowledgment in Texas is $6.

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  1. As a real estate agent I see this often. I’ve been in houses with stuff piled to the ceilings and paths to get around the house. Counters, tables, chairs, beds all full. One place even had about 10 tents in the backyard full of stuff. I wonder why people think they need it all. It’s a hard conversation to have when you have to tell them to start getting it out of the house.

    Comment by Anne — January 10, 2013 @ 10:48 am

  2. I had a similar situation recently, I arrived for a closing at the signer’s home, and lets just say they were a little less than neat in their housekeeping. They had some other issues such as health problems etc., so I let it slide. It was sumeertime, there was no air, so they had a fan going, making everything even worse than the heat. With all the realtives, kids, and pets running around, all I wanted to do was get done, and get the heck outta there! At any rate, when it got down to signing, I looked around and said, ” Do you have a dining room table or somewhere we can sit down, and sign your documents?” The guy says ” No, this is all we have.” He then pointed to the lid of a medical portable toilet. Well,no, I don’t think so, there was no way I was touching that thing! I scrounged around and found about a 10 ft. long 2 X 12″ board, sat it on the toilet on 1 end, and a screwed-up old chair on the other, and used it for a desk! Welcome to my world…

    Comment by David Love — January 10, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

  3. Yes, the fee for an acknowledgment in Texas is $6.00, but the state does not mandate what you can charge for travel. We charge a flat rate that includes costs of travel and the notary fees.

    Comment by Violet OBrien — March 27, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

  4. I run into this ALL the time. I use my clipboard & my Notary journal as my “table”. I carry an extra large plastic bag with me to put signed docs on, too.

    Comment by Pamela Montez — July 12, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

  5. My worst by far… In a mobile home’s crowded laundry room, standing up, signing on top of the washer and dryer, next to the biggest, full litter box, I have ever seen. Disgusting!!! Also, no room for the husband and wife to sign next to each other. They each had to take turns stepping up and back.

    Comment by Teri — July 12, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  6. LOL, I’ve had a few oddball signings as well. I think the most physically difficult was a land contract sale where I met the buyer and seller at the property being conveyed. It was mid-winter after a series of bad storms; , noplace to park – even the road was barely passable, and I had to climb over massive snowbanks to reach the building. There was no heat, no electricity, no furniture. We stood beside a window for lighting and signed up against the wall.

    Comment by Judith Korff — July 15, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

  7. Yes, a whopping $6 per act, but
    -we CAN charge travel fees
    -at least were aren’t in a $.50 state
    -there are usually 10+ acts in a loan package

    It’s not all bad here in the Lone Star State…but, admittedly, having to find a TC or law office for a HELOC does NOT rock.

    Comment by Brenda Stone — March 13, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

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