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November 12, 2013

General Notary Statement

What is a general notary statement or a general notarized statement?

Notarize my signature!
There is no such term actually. But, it is common for signers to create a statement, type it up, and then hand it to a notary to be notarized. The thing you have to remember, is that the notary is notarizing your signature, not your statement! If you type of a “general notary statement”, make sure to include a signature statement, and make sure to name yourself in the body of the text of the document. Make sure your name on your identification matches the name that you use for yourself on the document.

Notarize my statement
You can get your general notary statement notarized with a Jurat or Acknowledgment. The Jurat has to be signed before the notary and has an Oath that accompanies the procedure. The Acknowledgment requires that the signer is named in the document and has no Oath, but may be signed before the signer appears before the notary. Have fun getting your general notarized statement — if there is such a thing. Notaries would refer to your statement as a document, since the statement is in writing — unless you are getting a sworn Oath that has no paperwork! Boy, is this confusing!


December 18, 2011

Q&A About General Notary Concepts & Procedures

Q&A about General Notary Concepts & Procedures 

Q. What do I need to know about General notary acknowledgments
A. We have a detailed blog entry about 2012 notary acknowledgments and their notary verbiage
Q.  How do I get more general notary work?
A.  General notary work is an unofficial term that 123notary uses to describe notary work that is not related to loan signing.  You need to have good clerical skills for dealing with all of the types of situations that arise at hospital, jail, and office signings.  Next, you need to be available nights and weekends for best results.  And last, you need to promote yourself on internet directories such as and other yellow pages or directories, as well as handing out business cards to prospective clients at nursing homes, jails, attorneys offices, or anywhere else you can think of.
Q. What are the General notary concepts that I need to know?
A.  Notaries need to understand basic notary acts such as Acknowledgments, Jurats, Oaths, Affirmations.  They need to know how to use Credible Witnesses, Subscribing Witnesses, Signature by X, Power of Attorney signing, and how to fill out a journalIdentification of signers is another critical general notary concept to understand.
Q.  What is a general notary document?
A.  Notaries can notarize almost any type of document, so there is nothing general about it.  Documents range from Affidavits, to Agreements, Forms, Sales Documents, and Loan Documents, not to mention Grant Deeds, and other Real Estate Documents.

Q. What are general notary fees?
A.  Fees vary from state to state, and each state has a maximum for each type of notary act.  Please visit our find a notary page to find information about your state.

Q.  What is a general notary journal?
A.  There are different formats for journals.  I suggest you get one with room for additional notes and thumbprints.  Other than that, journals mostly contain very similar information. Please see our blog entry with detailed information about general notary journals.

Q. What is general notary language?
A.  There are many terms that a notary should be aware of that our glossary explains.  Additionally, each type of notary act has it’s corresponding notary verbiage which is state specific. 

Q. What is general notary procedure?
A.  General notary procedure differs from state to state.  Notaries should identify a signer, have the signer sign their journal, have the signer acknowledge signing a document for an acknowledged signature, or sign in front of the notary for a Jurat.  The notary fills out certificate wording embedded in the document, or can add a loose certificate form.  Then, the notary stamps and signs the notary certificate.  Not all states require journals or seals — so there is nothing “general” about notary procedure if you cross state lines.  The rules are always different the minute you are talking about different states.

Q.  What is a general notary statement?
A.  A notary can notarize a document with a statement.  There is no such thing as a general notary statement, but you can have a written statement notarized.

Q. What are general notary tasks?
A.  Taking Acknowledgments and Jurats, filling out journal entries, and filling out notary certificates are what you could call general notary tasks.

Q. What is general notary verbiage?
A.  General notary verbiage differs from state to state. Please see our interesting post about notary verbiage  (link)…

Q. What is general notary wording?
A. General notary wording differs from state to state.  Please see our interesting post about notary wording and verbiage.

Q. Who generally signs the document before the notary?
A.  The document signer signs the notary’s journal, and signs the document, or has already signed the document in an acknowledged signature.  The signer must be named in the document for an acknowledged signature.  It is not up to the notary to decide who should sign the document.

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