Companies that change their names
If you read the forums much, and you are advised to, you will have some idea of what is going on in the notarial world. Signing agents are being low balled, not paid, strung along, and worse. Some of the players or characters in this drama either change their company name, or transfer to another company, whose identity is unknown to the notaries as a group. This is very sneaky and deceptive, but the notaries are a fast group to catch on to scams and publish information on the forum.
Moving to a new company
From time to time, notaries will post about this phenominon. An agent from a signing or title company of a particular name, will leave one company and start working for another company. A notary, or more than one notary will find out, and post about it on the forum. Believe me, if Jill at XYZ company didn’t pay you, then the fact she is working for a new outfit won’t make her pay you. Of course Jill will give you the run around and say that it was out of her control, and that it was up to payroll or accounts payable. How can you blame Jill for what was out of her hands? My opinion, based on spiritual knowledge and common sense is that like and like attract. If you are a screwball, you will be likely to work for screwballs. If you are honest, how long will you stick around with crooks once you figure out who they really are? So, if the problem is in accounting, I think you are guilty by association. What do you think? Additionally, how can I be sure that accounts payable calls the shots of who gets paid. In companies with ten or twenty people, it could be anyone.
Changing company names
Sometimes companies will do business under one name, and then perplex everyone and pick a new name. Nobody can figure out who they really are anymore. Notaries will tell endless stories on the forums, but there is always confusion, no matter who says what, or when. I met someone by phone on the East coast who had a small signing outfit who wanted to change their name and enlarge their scope. I told him to get a unique name, or keep the same name. Don’t fool around with names. Names are how people know you and identify you. If you pick the wrong name, you will be confused with crooks for the rest of your career and you will regret it.
Some companies have a similar name to other companies. The only way to identify the company is by their town. But, what happens when they move from Irvine to Simi Valley. Then, you completely lose track of who they are. The confusion is unbearable. You have to ask them if they “used to be” located in Irvine just to keep them straight. With my luck, if I’m trying to figure out who a company is, I’ll see all of their various addresses, look them up on google, try to guess which years they were in which place, and then I will find out that they are out of business.
How can you keep these companies straight? I give up. It gets too confusing.
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The bottom line
If a company has a confusing identity, just make sure you get their address. The address proves who they are, unless they move around a lot. I would be less inclined to trust a company that moved around too much. Background check all companies on 123notary.com/S on your mobile phone and then you will know if they have a good track record. A good history doesn’t guarantee you payment, but its ten times as safe as working for an unknown company!
(1) Some of the most infamous signing companies in the business changed their names. But, the notaries caught on!
(2) Some signing companies have almost an identical name to other ones. The only way to tell them apart is their address.
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