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October 26, 2020

California Assembly Bill 5 (2019) and how it affects Notaries

Filed under: California_Notary — admin @ 9:10 am

Someone emailed me about Assembly Bill 5 which is a California law currently. This bill limits the use of classifying subcontractors as independent contractors rather than classifying them as employees.

Employees are entitled to more labor protections such as sick leave, minimum wage, unemployment, workman’s comp, and more.

Companies such as Lyft, DoorDash, and Uber agreed to spend millions for a ballot initiative to oppose this bill.

As most bills that are socialist in nature, the premise is to “help” workers. But, the result is to make it very expensive and cumbersome to hire local workers. The advent of unions made it prohibitively expensive to hire domestic workers which resulted in lots of outsourcing. In the long run the unions did more harm than good for the workers. Assembly Bill 5 results in compromising American freedoms such as the right to form your own agreements and contracts with paid help. Many companies with particular business models will no longer have the freedom to decide whether to hire someone as a contractor or employee and face the risk of being penalized by the state.

So, how does this affect mobile notaries? Mobile notaries must now pass a strict level of qualifications to be considered independent contractors. They must meet all three conditions.

1. The worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring party in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of such work and in fact
2. The worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business
3. The worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work performed for the hiring entity

COMMENTARY
Title companies that hire notaries often hire more experienced notaries who do not need any hand holding. However signing companies are famous for micromanaging notaries, telling them what to do and how to do it, and requiring lots of fax backs. Signing companies are violating stipulation #1 in the list of requirements of having independent contractors. Additionally, signing agents, do signing work which is not outside the usual course of what a signing company does. That is their main type of work and not something outsourced like accounting or computer repair. As far as condition #3, most Notaries do Notary related work for many different hiring parties, so although they may or may not pass condition #1, definitely don’t pass #2, the will pass condition #3.

SUMMARY
Will this mean that Notaries in California can no longer function as signing agents without being put on payroll? Would this be good or bad? I think it is a disaster and this bill is another milestone in the end of American freedom and the onset of socialism or communism in America (boo). But, what if signing companies outside of California hire signing agents within California? Can the state of California still sue them or penalize them for not following local rules? Maybe companies will have to hire full time and part time on-call employees to do their bidding. There is a company in Missouri that already does this on their own free will — notice that I said free will. Forcing this business model on companies is just not nice. It might also be disastrous for the directory business.

On a brighter note, maybe most signing agents and signing companies will ignore this rule and not get into trouble. After all, to enforce this rule requires attorneys and they do not work for cheap.

Personally I feel this bill is intrusive, a violation of our freedoms, and counterproductive. It will lead to a lot of unemployment, poverty and misery all under the guise of wanting to make downtrodden people’s lives better by having lots of artificial restrictions on employment.

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March 17, 2020

Most popular posts as of 2019

Filed under: Compilations — admin @ 11:53 am

How to get something notarized if you don’t have ID
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=697

Can a notary perform a wedding or marriage?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1891

Penalties for notary misdeeds & misconduct!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2067

Names for Notary businesses that can get you in trouble
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19064

What does it mean to be Fidelity Approved?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20049

Do I notarize every page of a document?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2280

Can a notary notarize a birth certificate?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2300

Bank of America Power of Attorney Form
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21327

Where can I find a Spanish speaking notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18824

Notary Verbiage & Notary Wording
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18854

Can a notary sign on a different day?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2457

Can a notary get in trouble?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1745

Notarizing multi-page documents
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1706

Can a notary notarize a Will or Living Will?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=7088

Can a notary sign an out of state Quit Claim Deed?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2182

Can a notary be a witness?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1273

Notarization Dates, Document Dates & Signature Dates!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2421

Websites from some of our best Notaries!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=14677

Can a Virginia Notary notarize in DC or Maryland?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18782

Notary Public 101 from 123notary!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19493

Can a notary witness a will or notarize one?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1525

Affidavit of Citizenship
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18847

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January 7, 2020

A Notary in Nevada made $10,000 in one month in 2019?

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 9:22 am

Yes, it is possible to make money as a Notary in 2019. Our other articles about successful Notaries were mostly from 2013 or before as business was not fast from 2014 until mid 2019. But, this Notary did 90 signings and made $10,000 in a single month. And yes, her primary advertising is on 123notary.

She is full of energy and enthusiasm. She had eighteen months experience, so she was not seasoned by any standards. Additionally, she did not drive more than 20 miles in any direction. She got roughly half of the work from 123notary too.

It is always refreshing to learn about a new notary who is doing well in 2019 as it was very slow for so long. Most of the Notaries who make the big money have years and years of experience. So, how can newer Notaries do well? Being very businesslike, answering the phone, maintaining your listing information, getting reviews, and advertising with a high spot on 123notary.

I hope to hear more stories like this.

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November 10, 2019

The 2019 Democratic Notary Debates!

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 5:24 am

MODERATOR: Welcome to the first 2020 Democratic Notary Debate – a “perfect vision” of the future. On tonight’s stage are the top five candidates with the highest polls. We have former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg debating with each other tonight. The first opening statement starts with Joe Biden.

JOE BIDEN: Well I want to thank our proud Notary Public for holding this debate. You know, I was talking to my good buddy Barrack the other day. Obama. The last great president, my good friend.

BERNIE SANDERS: Enough already, we know you know the guy.

JOE BIDEN: Everybody is angry these days. When I started out as a Notary we weren’t enemies. The only times we swore was when we were under Oath. I want to bring back that type of civility so we can get signings done.

BERNIE SANDERS: It is unfair that people should have to pay to be notarized. My idea of a stamping device is one that stamps out the millionaires and billionaires from breaking the backs of the 99% who deserve free notary signings. Additionally, I believe it should be free to become a Notary, and free training to know how to become a Notary, and while you’re at it — free chicken soup for everybody.

JOE BIDEN: I could use some of that soup, because you’re making me sick right now.

ELIZABETH WARREN: I’ve got a plan for that. We don’t need free chicken soup in this country. We need to impeach the chicken who’s in The White House who made up a bone spur excuse for getting out of serving his country. At the very least, the excuse could be notarized.

KAMALA HARRIS: When I was a prosecutor, I was putting away crooks left and right. The point being, I know a crook when I see one. This president is the opposite of a credible witness. There is nothing credible about any line that comes out of his mouth. I also believe that bad Notaries who don’t follow proper procedure should be prosecuted. The Notary Profession is a legal support profession, and letting it run haywire is not acceptable.

PETE BUTTIGIEG: As the youngest candidate here, I see a vision for the 2050’s when I’ll as old as the current occupant of The White House.

JOE BIDEN: Stop with the ageism you young whipper snapper.

BERNIE SANDERS: Joe, I hate to tell you, but the fact you used the word whipper snapper makes you sound older, older than me!

PETE BUTTIGIEG: I believe that Notaries should be allowed, or even required to use a rainbow colored Notary seal.

BERNIE SANDERS: Rainbow Shmainbow — when it comes to colors, believe me, I’m color blind. Did you hear that Kamala?

KAMALA HARRIS: You may be color blind, but I’m not color deaf — and yes I did hear that.

JOE BIDEN: Bernie, it sounds to me from that last remark that you are pandering to the black vote. I don’t think my half of my good buddy Barrack Obama would appreciate that — the black half.

BERNIE SANDERS: Well which half is black?

JOE BIDEN: His paternal lineage. His father is Kenyan, remember? Well of course, by being Barrack’s former vice president, I’m very well aware of that.

BERNIE SANDERS: Now, who’s pandering.

PETE BUTTIGIEG: Well, I’m the youngest one here and even I don’t have the energy for this.

ELIZABETH WARREN: I’ve got a plan for that. We’ll get a notarized copy of your birth certificate to see if you even are old enough to run for president.

BERNIE SANDERS: Vital records cannot be notarized, so you might have a problem with that. But, if they could I would make it free!

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Will the next election help the notary industry?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22267

Compilation of posts about notary and politics
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20357

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September 1, 2018

How much does a Notary cost in 2018 & 2019?

Filed under: Public Interest — Tags: — admin @ 11:04 am

How much do Notaries charge?
How much can a Notary charge?
How much is a Notary?

Notary fees are regulated by the laws of the various fifty states. So, each state has a different rate that a Notary can charge and a different procedure for a Notary to get a Notary commission. In addition to charging officially designated maximum Notary fees, many Notaries on our directory travel to their clients and charge travel fees in addition to waiting fees if you keep them waiting too long. It is common for Notaries to have a fixed price for loan signing packages that range from $75 to $150 per signing which is a price that might include printing eDocuments. But, let’s try to give you a better idea of what particular states offer as Notary fees.

Please keep in mind that there are also fees for Oaths & Affirmations which are done in all states that I am aware of. There are also more obscure Notary acts done in particular states that are not done in all states.

How much can an Alabama Notary charge?
$5 for an Acknowledgment or Jurat.

How much can an Alaska Notary charge?
There is no set fee but I heard that in remote areas Notaries get paid in moose or salmon (generally fresh).

How much can an Arizona Notary charge?
An AZ Notary may charge $10 per Acknowledgment (for the first signer) and $10 per Jurat.
Fees changed as of March 2018 up from $2 per signature.

How much can a California Notary charge?
A California Notary Public may charge $15 per Acknolwedged signature or per Jurat. There are other types of fees, but those are the most common.

How much can a Florida Notary charge?
A Florida Notary Public may charge $10 per Acknowledgment, however the price is fixed no matter how many signatures are on the notarized document. Jurats would also be $10.

How much can an Illinois Notary charge?
An Illinois Notary may charge a whopping $1 per Acknowledged signature or for a Jurat.

How much can an Indiana Notary charge?
$2 per Acknowledgment or Jurat

How much can a Maryland Notary charge?
A Maryland Notary may charge $4 per Acknowledgment or Jurat

How much can a Michigan Notary charge?
A Michigan Notary may charge up to $10 per Jurat or Acknowledged signature.

How much can a Minnesota Notary charge?
Generally $2 per Acknowledgment or Jurat

How much can a New Jersey Notary charge?
A New Jersey Notary can charge $2.50 per Acknowledgment, Jurat, or Oath

How much can a New York Notary charge?
A New York Notary may only charge $2 per Acknowledged signature or Jurat or for each sworn witness.

How much can a North Carolina Notary charge?
A North Carolina Notary may charge $5 per principal signature on an Acknowledgment or Jurat.

How much can a Pennsylvania Notary Public charge?
A Pennsylvania Notary may charge $5 for the first Acknowledged signature and $2 for each subsequent signature. Jurats are $5 per piece.

How much can a Texas Notary charge?
A Texas Notary Public may charge $6 for the first Acknowledged signature and $1 for each additional plus $6 for administering an Oath.

How much can a Virginia Notary Public charge?
A Virginia Notary may charge $5 for each Acknowledged signature or Jurat.

HELP, my state was not on the list…
No problem, just click on the FIND A NOTARY link and look up your state. We have pricing for all states documented in our website.

NOTE: Prices are subject to change. If our pricing has become outdated for any particular state, do not comment on this blog, rather, email us at info@123notary.com and politely inform us of the price change.

For states not mentioned or updates in the future, please refer to
https://www.nationalnotary.org/file%20library/nna/knowledge%20center/outside%20pdfs/state-notary-fees-chart.pdf

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See our information about Acknowledgments (string)
http://blog.123notary.com/?s=acknowledgment

Index of posts about general Notary information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20264

Basic Notary acts
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19500

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January 7, 2011

Introducing the 2019 Notaries!

Filed under: Andy Cowan — admin @ 7:30 am

Introducing the 2019 Notaries!

Trade in your old worn out notaries, everybody. They’re so last year. The new models are arriving with more exciting options than ever!

Forget driving customers crazy by misinterpreting notary law or explaining options to them versus choosing. The new 2019s are… SELF-driving customers crazy!

The new models don’t give the signer the choice between an oath and an affirmation. They always choose affirmation, to automatically not offend the politically correct.

The new models can notarize in reverse, which is handy if you have a reverse mortgage.

The old models were slow in accelerating but very good at braking. The new models go from zero to sixty signings in 2.3 seconds.
With the 2019s, you can enjoy the luxury of leaving drinks on a table during a signing without leaving those telltale rings that could annoy your client. The new models include cupholders for those drinks!

The old models needed witnesses to observe the execution of a document. All the new models need is Siri.

The 2019s have more horsepower of attorney.

The 2019 notaries automatically brake when the signer slows down.

The 2019s no longer just affix seals to documents. They beam them there.

And fake signature alerts are standard on all ‘19s.

If you want your documents automatically signed, sealed and delivered… you’ll have to wait for the ‘20s!

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Comedic Notary Pricing
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18941

Building a wall around signing companies
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17080

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March 28, 2010

2019 TWEETS

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:44 am

MARCH 2019 TWEETS

Snapdocs — racially disproportionate
Have you noticed that in a country that is 12% black, that Snapdocs is more than 20% or down south more like 80% black? Ooops, I meant to say, “African-American.”

Snapdocs… racially disproportionate

Bostonians visit Los Angeles and describe their visit
If you think mimicking a Boston accent is hard, try typing it and omitting all of the r’s.

Bostonians visit Los Angeles and describe their visit

A testimonial about 123notary from Marcie

A testimonial about us from Marcie

What makes a p#10 preferential listing do well on 123notary?

What makes a p#10 preferential listing do well on 123notary?

Feast or famine in the notary industry
On Notary Cafe, a small minority of the Notaries get 90% of the work. Hmm. Why is it that way?

Feast or famine in the Notary industry

A list of things you probably forgot to put in your notes.
How thoroughly did you document your experience? Did you mention a catchy phrase? How about special skills?

A list of things you probably forgot to put in your notes section

So, the mobile notary well has gone dry.
Did another well or go find a new place.

So the Mobile Notary Well has gone Dry

To do well with a high placed listing, you need 6000 loans signed.
If you lack experience, go get some. You won’t rake in the bucks unless you have knowledge, reviews, and experience and can prove it too.

To do well with a high placed listing, you need 6000 loans signed

Which analytics get you more clicks and why? A change in the 123notary analytics system. We’re giving reviews more weight, but communication skills take the cake.

Which analytics get you more clicks and why? A change in the 123notary analytics system.

A tour of Notary cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats.

A tour of Notary Cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats

High placed listings — which ones get more clicks and why?
Which is worse, arguing with Jeremy or interrupting you. The click stats reveal an intriguing answer or interpretation.

High placed listings – which ones get more clicks and why?

Is it a Federal crime to make a photocopy of a military ID card?

Is it a Federal crime to make a photocopy of a military ID card?

Marriage therapy for Notaries
She always nags me about my signature. How does his signature make you feel?

Marriage therapy for Notaries

How do I find a German speaking Notary Public?

How do I find a German speaking Notary Public?

Wells Fargo Power of Attorney Form

Wells Fargo Power of Attorney Form

Dr. Phil moderates dispute: Notaries vs. Signing Companies
The Notaries are tired of low-ball fees. But, the signing companies want better Notaries.

Dr. Phil moderates dispute: Notaries vs. Signing Companies

Blog topics on customer feedback.
When to report someone to the FBI, SOS, or KGB. And also what to do with Notaries who don’t administer Oaths when legally required.

Blog topics based on customer feedback…

Tips for people in Native American reservations to prosper
Farming, solar power, marketing, manufacturing and more. Having lots of cheap land can be used to your advantage.

Tips for people in Native American reservations to prosper

Will and Grace – the mini notary seal
Jack wants to get an outfit, but an outfit for his little dog or his seal? He wants to be a notary so he can meet cute guys.

Will & Grace — the mini notary seal

Why you shouldn’t use an online Notary.
It is less secure and opens up more opportunities for fraud or identity theft. Why expose yourself?

Why You Shouldn’t Use an Online Notary

Snapdocs: When the texts stop

Snapdocs: When the texts stop

Jeremy’s trip to Texas (yee-haw)
Yes, I drove from Los Angeles to Houston and met all kinds of people in Chinatown, experienced other people’s road range and then headed to Dallas for Dim Sum and then had many other adventures.

Jeremy’s trip to Texas (yee-haw)

How do you get something notarized if you don’t have ID?
Some states allow credible witnesses. But in the long run you need ID.

How do you get something notarized if you don’t have ID?

Bikers on boats; Notaries heisting signatures.
Hand over your signatures — this is a heist. But we have no signatures? Then start signing mates!

Bikers on boats; Notaries heisting signatures

Can a Notary sign on a different day?
There is a transaction date, signature date, rescission date, notarization date, (sorry, no lunch dates in this article).

Can a notary sign on a different day?

How long is a notary term of office good for (state by state)

How many years is a notary term of office good for?

Can we turn the industry around?
Carmen and I are trying to make our influence, but you guys need to help out too!

Can we turn the industry around?

A Notary can get a job at a bank more easily.

A Notary can get a job in a bank more easily

FEB 2019

Notary Services Near Me

Notary Services Near Me

Where can I find Notary services near me
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=notary-services-near-me

Notary Public Journal
If someone forges your seal, and you don’t keep a journal, it is hard to prove that you were not the person who did the alleged notarization. Learn proper journal entry procedures in this article.

Notary Public Journal

Notary Public Seal
Learn all the components of a notary seal including vocabulary words such as “serrated.”

Notary Public Seal

Notary Public Education
Where to get resources for Notary education. BTW, start with your state handbook.

Notary Public Education

Can you become a notary if you have a felony conviction?

Can you become a Notary if you have a felony conviction?

Trusted enrollment agent
What are they and what do they do. If they are Japanese would they be a Green TEA?

TEA — Trusted Enrollment Agent

Apostille – general information

Apostille – General Information

How many years is a notary commission good for?

How many years is a Notary commission good for?

Notarizing multi-page documents.
How do you deter page swapping? Read my secret techniques.

Notarizing Multi-Page Documents

Beneficial Interest
What is the difference between beneficial interest, financial interest and conflict of interest? Three different types of interest rates!

Beneficial Interest

Notary Oath of Office information
Don’t forget to file your Oath & Bond with the county clerk!

Notary Oath of Office Information

Can a notary get into trouble?

Can a Notary get in trouble?

Notaries who fail the California notary exam

Notaries who fail the California Notary exam

Notarizing confidential marriage licenses

Notarizing confidential marriage licenses

How do you notarize a copy of a passport?

How do you notarize a copy of a passport?

Parties involved in a Power of Attorney.
Do you know what a grantor, grantee, agent, attorney in fact, custodian and principle are? Better learn otherwise you will appear ignorant.

Parties involved in a Power of Attorney

Certifying a Power of Attorney

Certifying a Power of Attorney

Proof of Execution.
The Notary act where the signer doesn’t have to show up. Really? Next thing you’re going to tell me is that the signer doesn’t have to sign.

Proof of Execution

Mission Impossible — Notary Version
The deranged high school drop out doesn’t want the family to move, but Tom Cruise, jumps off a tall building with a paraglider, chases people down a narrow street, and reads a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you hate Scientology.” and then saves the day!

Mission Impossible — Notary Version

Compilation of best blog posts from 2010
These are the absolute best posts of all time. Hope you like them.

Compilation – Best blog posts from 2010

Credible Witness Notary — information & resources

Credible Witness Notary — information & resources

Banks need Notaries to be on staff

Banks need Notaries to be on staff

The me too movement affects Notaries in the workplace at a bank.
A female employee complains about sexual harassment because a male co-worker compliments her on her seal.

The Me Too Movement affects Notaries in the workplace at a bank

JAN 2019

My health regimin left me without my favorite foods
No more pakora, fried chicken or large portions of meat…

My new health regimen left me without my favorite foods

How I succeeded creating an online business.
Creating a product that is easy to use with well refined search results isn’t easy, but made me some big bucks.

How I succeeded creating an online business

Can a notary go to jail for notary fraud?
Notaries do a lot of illegal things out of ignorance and negligence. But, sometimes they steal property using their commissions as well.

Can a Notary go to jail for Notary fraud?

Can a Notary act as a witness?
Notaries can witness Wills, acknowledged signatures, capacity, or be a credible witness. What about witnessing a crime?

Can a Notary Act as a Witness?

Witnessing a will
Some people prefer to hire a notary to witness a will since they are professional at witnessing signatures in general.

Witnessing a Will

Find a 24 hour Notary
Last minute okay. Hospital, jail and office visits okay too.

24 Hour Notary

Notary Hyatt Regency
Do I sign the journal based on when I made the reservation or the date I check in? But, can you get notarized in the hot tub? Find out!

Notary Hyatt Regency

California Acknowledgment
Learn all of the components of the new acknowledgment

California Acknowledgment

What are mobile notary fees?
It should depend on experience, time of day, type of job, distance, and waiting time. But, what do you think?

What are Mobile Notary Fees?

Notarized Letter
A detailed Q&A all about how to draft, notarize, and file a notarized letter.

Notarized Letter

A Notary discusses costs with Jeremy.
The notary wants to spend 30 minutes talking about suing someone for $1.96 instead of making some real money.

A Notary discusses costs with Jeremy

Notary Etiquette 104 – contents
Learn about handling initial calls, confirming the signing, general etiquette, answering questions, and see our best links on the topic as well.

Notary Etiquette 104 – Contents

Notary Etiquette 104 – humorous edition
Avoid polyester jackets from the 70’s, don’t be fashionably late, don’t do Oaths for dogs, and it may be time to retire if your email address says “aol.com” as a suffix!

Notary Etiquette 104 — Humorous Edition

Answering questions the way they were asked.
Do you beat around the bush or get straight to the point. In space, nobody can hear you scream and at signings, nobody wants to hear you ramble.

Notary Etiquette 104 — Answering Questions the Way They Were Asked

What to talk about at the signing.
Small talk is good, but talking about guns might backfire… learn the ins and outs of the art of conversation.

Notary Etiquette 104 — Confirming the Signing & At the Signing

Merit, pay grade & answering emails

Merit, Pay Grade & Answering Emails

Mobile Notary Near Me
Where can I find out. Try our directory and you’ll find thousands of good ones.

Mobile Notary Near Me

Public Notary Near Me

Public Notary Near Me

Find a Notary Public

Find a Notary Public

Where to get something notarized?

Where to get something notarized?

Is 123notary tearing down notaries or building them up?
By having some new and higher standards, we are helping notaries learn, but some just feel insulted. Hmm

Is 123notary tearing notaries down or building them up?

Spousal states list
Want to know which states are spousal states for loan signings? Here’s a list!

Spousal States List

The reason why 123notary scrutinizes its notaries

The reason why 123notary scrutinizes its Notaries

A forged notary seal ends someone up with a prison sentence
A man from Glendale involved in a 5.4 million dollar mortgage fraud scheme got caught. Read the details.

A forged Notary seal ends someone up with a prison sentence

An American Notary dates Chinese Notary using an app.
They used a translate app, but the app didn’t translate all of the subtle nuances of the communication.

An American Notary dates Chinese Notary using an app.

One Notary on NR wants to be treated like a professional.
She doesn’t think she needs to be retested. But, if she knows her stuff, being retested would be no big deal, right?

One Notary on NR wants to be treated like a professional

Fake Notary Seals
How can you know if a Notary seal is fake?

Fake Notary Seals

eNotary — electronic notary & electronic notarizations
How to become one, and what they do and what states can they practice…

eNotary — Electronic Notary & Electronic Notarizations

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February 4, 2021

The roofing tool and the shutdown

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 1:35 pm

A bunch of roofers were fixing roofs on two neighboring houses. They had a particular tool which was needed at house 1, and another tool necessary at house 2. The solution was to move house #2 to where house #1 is, and move house #1 to where house #2 is. They did this to “save lives.”

Shutting down an entire economy because we are short of a few ICU rooms is insane. The damage to the economy, the increase in suicides, drug overdoses, traffic deaths from empty roads where people drive too fast on seems not to be worth it.

Building a few thousand extra ICU rooms and training a few extra nurses would make sense. We have known about Covid since December 2019, and yet we have not built a single ICU room to my knowledge. Even the military ships sent from the Navy to Los Angeles and NYC departed as they did not get enough business.

Shutting down the economy is a scam and the fact that the public buys into this insanity is the really astounding part.

A parting note
Remember back in the old days when a bully threatened little Johnny and Johnny wanted to stay home from school? His money said, “That won’t work. You can’t stay home forever, so you might as well face your fears and go to school. You cannot stay home.” I guess our Mayor Garcetti didn’t have that kind of mom. Not sure I want to know what type of mom he had.

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November 18, 2020

What do successful Notaries do that you don’t?

Filed under: Business Tips — admin @ 6:00 am

Originally published in 2019

We all want to be successful and we all think that we are experts at our job. But, are we really? Here are some things successful Notaries do that the others don’t do.

1. Keep your profile managed regularly.
What does this mean? You have to login, make sure your hours, counties, notes, and reviews are as current and thorough as they can be.

2. Keep your knowledge up and keep reading.
Serious Notaries read the various blogs and forums. They also take courses and get certified by more than one agency. Instead of claiming to be so great, they get a reputed third party such as the NNA, 123notary, Notary Rotary, etc., who has an impartial test, passes the test and then has credibility. Serious Notaries keep reading and have a never ending thirst for knowledge.

3. Knowing who to extend credit to
This is one of the hardest aspects of being a Notary. The tendency is to get as many jobs as possible. But, smart Notaries say no to bad jobs, jobs from companies that have payment issues, or jobs that pay too little. As a Notary it behooves you to have standards, but try to keep the standards reasonable as well, especially if you are new or if business is slow.. Don’t let companies rack up a huge bill. If they owe you more than $300, then ask them to pay up before you do more jobs, or Paypal you for future jobs.

4. Setting terms and having contracts
This is for the very advanced Notaries but some people do have a contract for others to sign. This is taking the upper hand and others might not be willing to sign your contract unless you are a top notch Notary — after all, why should they if you are a slouch?

5. Scheduling
Successful Notaries know how to schedule their day and get rid of packages fast so that they are not late.

6. Equipment
Good Notaries have top notch equipment and fix it fast if it breaks. They know how to download anything, anytime and anywhere and don’t make excuses. A good dual tray laser printer is a good place to start although you need good scanning and faxing equipment as well

7. Watching your email
Jobs can be dispatched through apps, email and by phone. So, a good Notary keeps a constant watch of all of these mediums.

8. Other sources of income.
Relying on Notary work when times are slow doesn’t make sense. Smart Notaries realize they need to diversify. We have a handful of full-timers who make a full living at this job. But, the majority cannot, so try to be realistic and have multiple streams of income.

You might also like:

How to become a successful mobile notary from scratch
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=13340

Beginner’s Notary 103 Reading List (Resources)
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21120

How to write a notes section if you are a beginner
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16698

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November 17, 2020

“Oh, just shut up and do you job!”

Filed under: Carmen Towles — admin @ 8:37 am

Originally published in 2019

As a notary public myself, I can not tell you how many times I have heard, “Just shut up and do your job”. Other notaries over the years have expressed hearing the same. Usually, this will come form an uninformed loan officer or realtor. Or just someone that wants you to break the rules for them with little regard of the consequences for the notary. But what is more disheartening is when one notary says it to another.

I recently got a call from a notary friend who had such an experience. This notary was asked by a lender to notarize a document in a spousal state that the other spouse was instructed by the lender that they didn’t need to sign. My notary friend knew this was not legal and since she was aware of the law she refused to complete the assignment. The notary then reached out to one of her other notary friends, who told her to just ‘shut up’ and notarize the documents and also added for good measure; “Who do you think you are?”, ‘“You are just a notary?”. This upset my friend greatly, hence the call to me. I let her know immediately IMHO as far as I am concerned she had done the right thing.

Listen, we are government officials and IMHO, if we know something to be illegal (or unethical) you cannot in good conscience continue with the process of notarizing. We are supposed to be protecting the public. Not aiding and abedding folks trying to pull a fast one. And sadly, we eventually all come to realize, the mortgage industry is riddled with deceit and fraud. So, my rule of thumb is to think about how would I answer and defend my actions, if I were ever called to court and had to get on the stand and a judge asked me, if i knew something to be illegal, or unethical, how would I defend my actions?

And for another notary to insult another because they did what she/he thought or felt was right IMO was not fair. We are all responsible for our own actions. We all have to do what we feel is right and must be able to defend our actions if comes down to that. And for me the bottom line will be if I can live with what I have done and can I sleep at night.

I would love to hear with some of the rest of you feel about this.

You might also like:

Carmen’s guide to the Signature Name Affidavit
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22541

Show me the money
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22537

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