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January 23, 2022

The Notary, The Mafia & The Fedex Drop Box

This was originally published many years ago.

An uneventful signing
It was a gray Monday afternoon in the first week of November. Kary went to her signing with the Thompsons. They signed the documents without too much reading or complaining. Kary had one other signing after that. When all was done, she made her way to the Fedex drop box. She had a habit of always going to that same drop box. It was near her home, and it felt like a safe place to go at night, being a single woman.

Luckily for her she was nowhere near the San Diego mayor’s office.

The Sopranos were en route to the same location she was
This poor woman’s luck — she ran into someone who was still mourning the loss of the great James Gandolfini AKA Tony Soprano. He was such a fan of the show that he decided to pull a mafioso type move on this poor unexpecting woman. This thug Tony Baritone had been in the drug trade for years, but wanted to step it up a notch. His old M.O. was meeting for the swap in a dark alley, giving them the briefcase, taking the package — you know the drill. But, he wanted to do it more like they do in the movies this time. This was his first attempt at simulating the panache of his television alter-ego.

Just about to drop the FedEx and…
So, this woman was just about to drop her package in the box. Her finger was on the handle of the box. She noticed a large garbage backing up about 50 feet away. She disregarded the truck whose distinctive oder was wafting her way. She put the Fedex in the Fedex drop box, and then proceded back to her car. The garbage truck nearly ran her car off the road as she left her parking space. It was so abrupt, she stopped the car to get out and see what this maniac’s problem was.

The garbage truck backed up
The truck had backed up almost into the Fedex box, and had jaws that clamped the Fedex drop box and tore it from its bearings and lifted it into the truck. The woman started screaming, “What are you doing? Are you crazy?”

Blonde #2 appears
Then another blonde lady appeared out of nowhere who looked almost exactly like the notary. She was the same age, same hair color, and same height, and also had a Fedex package that she wanted to drop. The other lady looked very puzzled. She said to herself, “Wait a second, my instructions were to put the Fedex in the drop box and leave — but, that truck just took the Fedex drop box away!” Blonde #2 (also an unnatural blonde) was unbeknowingly carrying $10,000,000 in drug money that she was to deposit in the Fedex box — which was to be removed by the garbage truck. But, their plan got foiled.

We have to get rid of the witness
The driver said to his friend, “We have two problems — the money is not in the Fedex Box, AND, there’s a witness. We need to get rid of the witness, but I can’t tell them apart.”
His friend said,“You have to look for the roots, real blondes have roots — our blond is a real blonde!”
Driver: “No she ain’t, I’ve seen the broad before, she has a different hairstyle every several months”
Friend: “So, you can tell the two chicks apart!”
Driver: “Not from this distance without my glasses. Let’s get my money first. The broad with the package has the money.”

The mafia chases the blonde
So, the driver and his friend jump out of the truck (which is parked in the middle of the boulevard) and run towards the blonde with the Fedex. The irony is that she doesn’t know that they are the intended recipients of the package because her instructions were only to “Put the Fedex in the drop box”. So, she runs away from these scary people — who are actually her boyfriend’s best friends, and the ones who gave the $10,000 to her boyfriend to pay her to do the drop. Meanwhile the notary lady decides to chase after these scumbags to get them to give her package back.

She loses them and then finds them
In the heat of the chase, she loses them, and then finds them again. The other blonde escapes from these thugs, finds the drop box in the back of the garbage truck, puts it in, and runs away. Meanwhile, notary lady catches up to the thugs, and throws her embosser at them — leaving a raised seal of disapproval (in the form of a bruise) on the now unconscious mafia garbage truck driver’s left temple. The irony of the story is that the character with the concealed weapon is not one the mafia characters, but is the notary who was carrying a stainless steel embosser.

The Notary recovers the loan docs
After that, the driver’s friend ran away and the notary proceeded to the unattended garbage truck to pick up her package. She picked up the highest package in the box in such a hurry, she didn’t realize that she had picked up $10,000,000 in dirty drug money. She gets in her car and drives off with her “loan docs” finally in her possession again. She calls the signing company and lets them know about the problem. Then, she proceeds to her nearest staffed Fedex station — where there won’t be any garbage trucks (let’s hope). She pats the package in glee to have gotten it back after a small altercation. But, she notices a distinct bulge in the package that didn’t feel like loan documents.

But, what she had was not really the loan docs after all
The five seconds after she realized that her loan documents were not in her possession, she saw a large garbage truck driving down the street.

Mental note to self: “Take out the garbage”

Tweets:
(1) A notary bumps into Toni Baratone at a FedEx drop box
(2) The garbage truck tore the FedEx drop box from its bearings and took it away!
(3) “We need to get rid of the witness, but I can’t tell the 2 blondes apart”
(4) The Notary takes $10 million in drug money to the Title company by accident.

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May 30, 2021

Dropping FedExes has changed since I was a Notary

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 6:43 am

Back in my day… I’m only 51 so perhaps I shouldn’t talk that way. But, FedEx drop boxes were everywhere. I had to ship out two loan signing courses to customers. One was a few days late so I wanted to get it out fast. I typically walk to my local FedEx spot on Wilshire. They have no parking but it is only 20 minutes by foot and I enjoy the exercise… usually. They were closed for Covid-19 and there was no drop box. What is the world coming to.

So, I searched the internet to see where some local drop boxes were. My handheld wouldn’t tell me, so I walked back home after I got a salad to go. My computer showed me one drop box behind our local Farmer’s Market and another one half a mile West of my complex’s entrance. So, I went to the first location. Security told me where the box was. I went looking all around and there was no box by the newsstand as I was told. I went to the other location. Also no drop box. I had already wasted two hours looking for locations.

My housemate told me to call the 800 number. On my way back I did exactly that. I talked to an annoying machine which had me clarify everything I said about four times, and then make me wait for a long array of menu options so that they could serve me better before handing me off to a representative which is what I requested. After I finished the ordeal (I have no patience talking to robots) they told me to go to a particular web page and offered to text me a link. I swore at the machine and hung up. Then I started calling local FedEx providers and found one downtown which is too far to go at night, plus they were in the hood and I’m not going there after 6pm in any case. They found me a nearby place that was open in Beverly Hills.

So, I drove to Beverly Hills. I didn’t know where the intersection was, so I was in the right lane, and FedEx was on the left, so I stopped in the middle of traffic hoping people would pass me. One guy just stuck to my tailgate and wouldn’t pass. So, I waited for the others to pass and then made a left turn into the left lane and then a left onto the side street. This FedEx had parking, staff, and I dropped my packages at 8:46pm and they close at 9pm. Close.

So, now I know where to go. It is only an 11 minute drive. And they told me where an outside drop box is. These days there are very few outside drop boxes. They are mostly in buildings and those buildings close at night. What a pain. Back in 2004 when I was doing signings there were outdoor drop boxes all over town and just as many as USPS boxes…. almost.

So, that was today’s ordeal. Yesterday the juice place I liked closed 15 minutes early and I had to wander all over town looking for fresh spinach and celery juice. Same kind of exasperating day, except that it only took me 20 minutes to find two other high quality options. Why do easy things have to be so difficult?

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October 29, 2019

Was the document lost by Pack N Ship or by Fedex?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 11:49 pm

Back in 2012, a package was lost. A notary delivered it to a Pack N Ship place. Personally, I had a box of checks missing from a mail box place. I went straight to the police who couldn’t help. Perhaps they got thrown out. Not sure.

But, I digress. So, the Notary could not figure out whose fault it was — was it Pack N Ship or Fedex who lost the package. Hmmm. If there was Fedex paperwork for the package then there would be more to go on. Tracking numbers can tell a story of how far the package went in many cases.

So, the poor Notary had to go to his 100 year old signer all over again and sign again. What a pain. I bet that took forever.

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March 6, 2016

Should you send the Fedex right away?

Filed under: Best Practices,Popular on Twitter — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:41 am

I remember out old blog which was a favorite entitled, “Don’t put the Fedex in the drop box.” This article should be entitled, “Put the Fedex in the Staffed Station’s drop box as fast as possible.”

My question that I asked many Notaries was…

A Notary did a signing for Joe. Joe signed all of the documents except for the Flood Disclosure which he wouldn’t sign simply because his lender Chad never got back to him about the document. Joe and the Notary waited for 20 minutes with no return call. So, the Notary loaded up the documents and put it in the Fedex. The Notary is driving away and it is about noon-ish. Should the Notary take the Fedex straight to the Fedex station or wait?

Answer #1.
Most Notaries claim that it is good to hold on to the package just in case the Lender calls. But, if the Lender calls, do you really have time to go all the way back to the borrower’s house to sign a single document and stay on the phone for half an hour? Don’t you have anything else to do with your life? The Lender never gave you instructions to wait, so why wait? Additionally, there are many reasons why waiting could sabotage the loan. 123notary has heard of various situations where a Notary forgot to come to an appointment or drop a package. These include:

(a) The Notary got another rush job at the last minute and forgot all about dropping the package off.
(b) The Notary’s six year old daughter hit her head and he had to come rushing home and forgot all about the Fedex.
(c) The Notary got hit by a car and was so shaken up he forgot to send the package.

In real life, unexpected situations come up more than you would expect. If that Fedex doesn’t get sent out, the borrower could lose his loan and his lock. There is no reason to keep the package. The document that was not signed was NOT A NOTARIZED document. The borrower can handle it on his own.

Answer #2
Drop it off as fast as possible.
The Lender might not like that you didn’t wait. But, why should you let him waste your time unless he is paying for your time. It is the Lender’s fault for not explaining the document to the signer before the signing. It is the signer’s fault for not signing the document. Why are you holding yourself hostage for the convenience of people who sabotaged their own signing? They are not paying you for your delay. Go on and get to your next item of business and let these nitwits deal with their own problem. The borrower’s copies will have a copy of the disclosure or the Lender can email another copy.

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April 8, 2012

Don’t put the Fedex in the drop box!

Please, no drop boxes!

I know a lot of you use drop boxes (Fedex, UPS, etc) to drop your document packages. And before you say it, I know some of you have no other options that are close to you. In this case your options are limited. You are forgiven. Maybe you have had issues with drop boxes or maybe you haven’t. But, regardless, it is something to consider, if at all possible please don’t drop your packages in drop boxes. Because, if you have bad luck and the documents get lost; and you have no documentation; It can cause you a great amount of grief, stress and aggravation; and  in the end it could cost you a valuable client.

Loan package with a hefty cashier’s check thrown in a drop box

To give you an example, here is one story of several that has been shared with me. I had an Oregon notary just the other day call in to 123notary. From her tone she was obviously very upset. It seems she had completed a signing successfully and had dropped her documents on a Friday in one of those infamous drop boxes of Fedex. It was now Tuesday, and she got that dreaded call: the title company still hadn’t received the package.  I thought to myself, this is going to be bad. When this Oregon notary public and title went to track the package, there was no tracking information available. To make matters even worse there was a substantial amount in a cashier’s check also in the missing package. The assignment that had been given to the Notary in Oregon was for the paperwork that was to be used to purchase the property. So,  now everyone is upset and confused as to what to do.

Get your tracking — people!

Now in my mind, I’m thinking why in the world would you drop a set of documents in a drop box, especially with a large amount in a cashiers check. This to me this is a disaster waiting to happen.  The first thing I let our Oregon notary friend know is that unless absolutely necessary, you should always hand your packages to a driver and ask him to scan them or take them to hub or staffed service center, have them scan them and  get a receipt. This way YOU are off the hook. Which brings me to another point…

Hand fill the shipping labels

PLEASE remember when you are required to hand fill out the shipping labels with the client; title-escrow etc  account numbers you should always list the person that you are shipping to as the recipient and as the shipper. Do NOT use your information at all. This will serve two purposes. One-if the envelope is lost, it will not come to you it will just automatically go to the company that hired you. Two- if the company has not paid their bill you will not get charged for the service. Currently I have about 3 notaries battling with Fedex on this matter (cause they put their name as the shipper)and they are in collection status with them. Be careful! This can cause you a great deal of trouble with UPS, Fedex etc. and worst of all it will effect your credit if you cant straighten it out. You will have to pay it if you cant prove to their satisfaction that, you were hired by a 3rd party.

Now I understand that some of you may not be near a hub or have a location that you can go into to get a scan or receipt near by. But for those of you that do. It is better to safe then sorry. Always try to get a receipt or have driver scan your packages for you. This will protect you. For me, I need to know where my documents are at ALL times.

Now,  unfortunately as of today I haven’t heard back form the notary in this situation so I cant give up an up to date  but I am confident if those documents didn’t turn up everything would have to be redone…and all I can say is what a mess. If and when I hear from her I will let you know….Just remember: No drop boxes if you can help it…

Thank for reading and be safe…until next time!

PS — Jeremy did a signing ten years ago that was put in a drop box.  The documents were missing for a week.  The signing company eventually called Fedex — and you will never guess where the documents were.  They were still down there at the bottom of the drop box, and getting very cold by this point!  The driver who was assigned that drop box had quit and his replacement wasn’t given good instructions as to which drop boxes to pick up from every day!

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(1) You could lose a client if you put a FedEx in a drop box on the off chance it never gets picked up.
(2) Sooner or later, the FedEx you put in a drop box won’t get picked up. Be safe & take it to a hub!
(3) If you put a FedEx containing a cashier’s check in a drop box, that is a recipe for disaster!
(4) Once I put a FedEx in the drop box that never got delivered. FedEx found it a week later still in the box!

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January 5, 2011

Comparing journal entries to fedex signatures

Believe it or not, most Notaries on 123notary do not fill in their journal correctly. It is not rocket science. The rule is:

One entry per person per document.
Two people each signing three documents = SIX journal entries.
But, won’t that take too much time and use too much of your journal? It will only take a few minutes.

Let’s say that Johnny is signing ten documents that are to be Notarized. You put the date, type of notarization(s), document names, document dates, name of signer, address, ID information, notary fee, etc. Next, you draw an ARROW down for the date which remains the same for all ten entries, the name, address, and ID. Then, the signer has to sign for all ten entries. That takes less than a minute. 123notary suggests thumbprinting whether it is required by your state or not as a security measure to help the FBI when they come a knocking. They are bothering one of our Notaires as we speak (or type) and confiscated her journal. So be prepared!

What most Notaries do is one entry per person. Then, they put all the names of the documents in the document section. They have the signer sign once. This is stupid.

If Fedex delivers five packages to you do you sign once? No, you sign once per package and there is a corresponding tracking number next to your signature so you know what you are signing for. If you have a signer sign once in your journal for multiple documents, they could accuse you of having added more documents after the fact and having used them for fraudulent purposes. You would have no way to contest their accusation as the signer did not sign for any particular document.

The bottom line is to have the signer sign once for each document. That way you have proof that your work was authorized and your journal will then be up to standards. And once again, it doesn’t take more than a few mintues and it’s not rocket science.

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February 23, 2024

Avoiding Notary Exhaustion: A Guide to Balance

Filed under: General Articles — Tags: , — Tom Wilkins @ 12:00 am

In the bustling world of homeownership and entrepreneurship, the role of a notary often goes unnoticed—until, of course, you’re knee-deep in paperwork requiring that crucial seal. Demand is relentless for notaries, serving as the unsung heroes of legal documentation, real estate transactions, and business agreements. Yet, the pressure to be constantly available can lead to notary burnout, a state where even the most dedicated professionals find their resilience tested. This article is dedicated to helping you navigate these waters, ensuring that your role as a notary remains fulfilling and sustainable.

Self-Care Is Non-Negotiable

The first step in avoiding notary burnout is recognizing that self-care is not a luxury—it’s a necessity. Just like the documents you notarize, your well-being requires regular attention and maintenance. Establish a self-care routine that includes activities you love: reading, hiking, or simply enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. The goal is to recharge your batteries so you can face your duties with renewed energy and focus.

Set Boundaries for Work-Life Balance

A common pitfall for many notaries is the blurred lines between work and personal life. In the digital age, being “always on” can seem like an obligation, but it’s a surefire route to burnout. To avoid this, set clear boundaries for your work hours and stick to them. Communicate these hours to your clients, and don’t be afraid to turn off your phone and email notifications outside of these times. Remember, every profession has busy periods, but establishing boundaries is key to maintaining your sanity and preventing burnout.

Foster Resilience Through Networking

Another vital aspect of avoiding notary burnout is building a support network. Connecting with fellow notaries can provide an invaluable sense of community and shared experience. These connections can provide advice, support, and even referrals during slower periods. Join notary associations or online forums to share experiences, tips, and challenges. Knowing you’re not alone in your experiences can significantly bolster your resilience.

Embrace Technology and Delegate When Possible

Leveraging technology can significantly streamline your workflow and reduce stress. Digital document management systems, online scheduling tools, and mobile notary apps can make your life easier and your work more efficient. Additionally, don’t hesitate to delegate tasks when possible. If you’re running a notary business, consider hiring an assistant to handle administrative tasks or using a courier service for document delivery. This frees up your time for more critical tasks and helps prevent burnout by reducing your workload.

Educate Yourself Continuously

The world of notarization is ever-evolving, with new laws and technologies continuously emerging. Staying informed through continuous education can help you feel more confident and competent in your role, reducing stress and the risk of burnout. Take advantage of online courses, webinars, and state notary associations’ resources to keep your knowledge up-to-date.

Key Takeaways on Avoiding Notary Burnout

Preventing notary burnout involves holistic self-care, setting firm work-life boundaries, nurturing a supportive network, embracing technology, and pursuing continuous learning. Embracing these strategies is key to avoiding notary burnout and ensuring your role remains fulfilling and sustainable. Recognize that your well-being is as crucial as knowing how often does FedEx pick up from drop boxes, streamlines tasks, and facilitates seamless transactions. This approach safeguards your health and maintains professional balance, enhancing your career longevity and allowing you to thrive in a demanding yet rewarding role.

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February 16, 2024

Notary Security: Tackling Cybersecurity Risks

Filed under: General Articles — Tags: — Tom Wilkins @ 4:56 pm

In an era where digital transactions are becoming the norm, the importance of notary services remains undiminished. However, as notaries increasingly adopt digital platforms to offer their services, they also become vulnerable to cybersecurity risks. This vulnerability threatens the integrity of their practice and the trust of their clients—homeowners and business owners alike. Understanding these cybersecurity risks for notaries and adopting strategies to mitigate them is essential for safeguarding notarial practices and maintaining client trust.

The Digital Transition and Its Risks

The transition to digital notarization processes offers convenience and efficiency but also opens Pandora’s box of cybersecurity risks. These risks include phishing attacks, malware, data breaches, and identity theft. For notaries, the stakes are particularly high as they deal with sensitive personal and business information. A breach can lead to legal liabilities, financial loss, and damage to reputation.

Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks

  1. Regular Training and Awareness: One of the first steps in mitigating cybersecurity risks for notaries is ensuring that they and their staff are aware of the potential threats and how they manifest. Regular training sessions on recognizing phishing emails, secure password practices, and the importance of regularly updating software can go a long way in preventing cyber-attacks.
  2. Secure Digital Platforms: Notaries must ensure that the digital platforms they use for their services are secure and compliant with industry standards. This includes using encrypted communication channels, secure document storage solutions, and robust authentication methods to protect the identity and data of their clients.
  3. Data Protection Policies: Implementing strict data protection policies is crucial. This includes controlling access to sensitive information, regularly backing up data, and having a clear protocol for responding to data breaches. These policies protect against cyber threats and build client trust by demonstrating a commitment to data security.
  4. Cybersecurity Insurance: Given the potential financial impact of a cyber-attack, investing in cybersecurity insurance can provide an additional layer of protection for notaries. This insurance can cover the costs associated with data breaches, including legal fees, notification expenses, and regulatory fines.
  5. Client Education: Educating clients about the importance of cybersecurity and how they can protect their information is also an important strategy. This can include advising clients on secure document transmission methods and alerting them to the potential signs of cyber fraud.

The Importance of Cybersecurity in Maintaining Trust

For homeowners and business owners, the assurance that their sensitive information is protected is paramount. Notaries play a critical role in various transactions, and a breach in cybersecurity can significantly undermine client trust. By adopting comprehensive cybersecurity measures, notaries can protect themselves from the financial and legal repercussions of cyber-attacks and strengthen clients’ trust in their services.

Strengthening Notary Security

The digital age brings numerous advantages but also new vulnerabilities, particularly in the field of notarization. Understanding and tackling cybersecurity risks for notaries is not just about protecting data; it’s about safeguarding the foundation of trust upon which their practice is built. By implementing rigorous cybersecurity measures and staying informed about the latest threats, notaries can protect themselves, their clients, and the integrity of their services. As we continue to navigate these digital waters, remember that the security of your practice is paramount. And just as a note of practicality, akin to how often are Fedex drop boxes checked, your cybersecurity measures should be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure the highest level of protection.

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February 9, 2024

Notary Efficiency 101: Organizational Tips for Success

Filed under: General Articles — Tags: — Tom Wilkins @ 5:12 pm

In our modern world, efficiency is crucial, particularly for notaries who have an essential role in verifying documents for individuals and businesses. Having a tidy workspace can significantly improve your accuracy and productivity when dealing with legal documents, real estate transactions, or business contracts. In this article, we will discuss effective organization tips for notary to declutter your workspace and notarize with unparalleled efficiency.

Declutter Your Workspace

A cluttered workspace can lead to mistakes, lost documents, and unnecessary stress. Begin by minimizing physical clutter. Keep only the essentials on your desk: your notary seal, stamp, journal, and current documents. Utilize filing systems for completed and pending documents to avoid mix-ups and ensure easy access. Digital clutter can be just as problematic, so organize your digital files with clear naming conventions and back them up regularly to prevent data loss.

Streamline Your Processes

To achieve efficiency in notarization, it is essential to have streamlined processes. One of the key organization tips for a notary is to create a checklist for each type of notarization service you offer. This ensures that no step is overlooked and can speed up the process for you and your clients. In addition to this, it would be helpful to consider using scheduling software to manage appointments. This reduces the risk of double bookings and helps allocate your time effectively.

Invest in the Right Tools

The right tools can make a world of difference in your notary practice. A high-quality scanner and printer are indispensable for creating clear copies of documents. Digital tools like electronic notary platforms can also streamline the notarization process, allowing for remote notarizations, which can expand your client base. Furthermore, ensure your mobile devices are equipped with secure, encrypted apps for managing emails and documents on the go.

Stay Informed and Educated

Staying up-to-date with the latest notary laws and best practices is crucial for efficient service. Regularly attend workshops, webinars, and training sessions. This enhances your knowledge and ensures compliance with state laws and regulations. Moreover, joining notary associations can provide valuable resources and a network of peers for advice and support.

Prioritize Security

Security is of utmost importance in notary work. Use special software to keep digital files safe and lock paper documents in a secure cabinet. When sending papers, it’s crucial to ensure their safety. Many people inquire about the safety of FedEx drop boxes, and it’s always advisable to use trusted ways to send important documents. To get useful tips on sending documents safely, you can read about whether FedEx drop boxes are safe.

Communication is Key

Effective communication with your clients can greatly enhance your efficiency. Set clear expectations regarding the notarization process, required documents, and fees. This reduces confusion and last-minute scrambles. Furthermore, be responsive to calls and emails, as timely communication can prevent delays and foster trust with your clients.

Unlocking Notary Efficiency

Adopting these organization tips for notary practices can significantly declutter your workspace and streamline your notarization processes. From decluttering and investing in the right tools to prioritizing security and maintaining effective communication, each strategy is pivotal in enhancing your efficiency and reliability as a notary. Remember, an organized notary is a successful notary, ensuring smooth transactions for homeowners and business owners alike. Embrace these tips, and watch your notary practice thrive in productivity and professionalism.

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February 2, 2024

Common Notary Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Filed under: Notary Mistakes — Tags: — Tom Wilkins @ 12:00 am

In the realm of legal transactions, the role of a notary is paramount. Whether you’re a homeowner finalizing the purchase of your dream home or a business owner executing critical contracts, the presence of a notary ensures the legality and integrity of these important moments. However, notaries are human and, like anyone, can make mistakes. Recognizing and avoiding common notary mistakes is key to ensuring that your transactions proceed without a hitch. Let’s dive into some of these pitfalls and how to avoid them.

1. Failing to Identify Signatories Properly

One of the most critical roles of a notary is to verify the parties’ identity in a transaction. Common mistakes include not checking identification thoroughly or accepting expired IDs. To avoid this, always insist on current, government-issued identification with a photo, signature, and physical description.

2. Neglecting to Record Entries in the Notary Journal

A notary’s journal is an official record of notarial acts and protects the notary and the signatories. Skipping entries or not detailing the transaction accurately is a mistake that can lead to legal complications. Ensure every act is recorded promptly and in detail.

3. Improper Use of Notary Seals

The misuse or improper storage of notary seals can lead to unauthorized use and fraud. Notaries must secure their seals and only use them when performing an official act. Remember, your seal is your responsibility.

4. Overstepping Notarial Boundaries

Notaries are not legal advisors. Offering legal advice or explaining the contents of a document oversteps the boundaries of the notary’s role and can lead to legal repercussions. If asked for advice, the best practice is to direct the individual to seek legal counsel.

5. Incomplete or Incorrect Notarization

Missing information, such as the date, location of notarization, or signatory details, can invalidate a document. Likewise, using the wrong notarial certificate or wording can lead to a document being challenged. Always double-check your work for completeness and accuracy.

6. Not Understanding State-Specific Laws

Notary laws vary from state to state, and not being up-to-date with your state’s requirements can lead to mistakes. Continuous education and reference to state notary manuals are essential to stay compliant.

7. Ignoring the Signer’s Willingness and Awareness

A notary must ensure that signers are willing and aware of what they are signing, free from coercion or impairment. Ignoring signs of reluctance or confusion can question the validity of the notarization.

How to Avoid These Mistakes

Avoiding these common notary mistakes starts with education and diligence. Stay informed about your state’s notary laws, attend refresher courses, and always adhere to the best practices of your profession. Furthermore, utilize resources like the FedEx drop-off service for secure document handling, ensuring that your notarial acts are completed with legal integrity and efficiency.

Ensuring Legal Integrity in Every Transaction

Elevating your notarial expertise involves being vigilant about common notary mistakes and taking proactive steps to avoid them. By thoroughly verifying identities, meticulously maintaining your notary journal, correctly using your notary seal, staying within your legal boundaries, ensuring the completeness and accuracy of every notarization, understanding state-specific laws, and respecting the signer’s willingness and awareness, you safeguard the legal integrity of every transaction. Homeowners and business owners alike depend on this diligence for the seamless execution of their most critical documents. Remember, knowledge and attentiveness are your best tools for avoiding these pitfalls and upholding the trust placed in you as a notary.

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