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February 28, 2017

The Notary of the Future

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — Tags: — admin @ 9:12 pm

Evolution moves slowly. It takes a really long time for the process of natural selection to propagate a random DNA change. Evolution is one of the few things that take longer than waiting for Jeremy to reply to an email. However, there is good news; the changes coming will greatly benefit notaries. There is much to look forward to, unfortunately we won’t be here. As you know evolution favors genetic changes that facilitate adaptation to the environment. Well, the notary environment will be greatly different a few eons from now. Let’s take a look.

In that distant future, an optimum blend of evolution and cyber technology will create Notary. Free from the constraints of gender, race, and other trivial aspects of current human existence, the species Notary will be superbly adapted to thrive. No, it’s not a version of a “repair job” that created the “six million dollar person” – it happens naturally. Our future includes a few “implants”; necessary to enhance a biological organism to include non-organic components.

Above all other considerations, the Notary will be complete, and superbly equipped to perform without carrying any “baggage”. Everything is now built in. Did you ever get a rush request and not have your stamp or embosser with you? Our future Notary has additional appendages, similar to arms; one for multiple stamps, the other for embossers. Bio molecular engineering converts food, not into the current waste product; but rather into paper for the built in printer. As good as these capabilities are, they are nothing compared to Stream connectivity.

That connectivity, think of WiFi on steroids; connects the Notary to literally everything. ID is now merely touching the client – for instant DNA analysis and identity confirmation. That last minute change to the vesting on the Deed prints automatically; the data Stream knows all. Gone are the text messages and phone calls. The Stream selects the nearest Notary, and with GPS like precision directs them where needed. No wait for pay, enhanced PayPal got ya covered.

While the archaic institutions still require paper, an advance copy of the completed loan documents is sent via the Stream. The notarization proceeds via shared image and mental document signing, but the old world “face to face” propinquity requirement remains. The Stream replaces the scan and email of days gone by – now powered by mental energy. The Notary printer still has to produce the paperwork, signed, stamped, and embossed as usual. Perhaps in a few more eons the recorders at county clerk offices will trust the Stream and not require paper.

I had said the Notary was free from trivial aspects of our current human existence. However, humanity will retain brain functions. Our future Notary will not be devoid of compassion, empathy or the desire to excel. Those traits, inherited from the days when notaries were among the first “public officials” must remain. Nurture those traits within yourself, have them grow.

I saved getting adequate work for last. The virus of cattle call entities will have consumed themselves in a death spiral of greed and deceit long ago; probably in “our” time. In our future I see a “balanced” world. In that world, as we are human; we have both a right and a duty to exist. Natural selection will create an optimal quantity of the highly specialized entity known as the Notary. We can prepare now for the future by passing on to the next generation the values we hold dear. We cannot rely on external forces, evolution or technology to pass along integrity. The Notary of the future must inherit those traits from us. Each of us, after thousands of generations will be a part of each Notary of the Future, are your actions worthy of being passed on?

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January 17, 2017

Notary vs. Signing Agent

Filed under: Technical & Legal — Tags: , — admin @ 12:21 am

We write about this topic every so often. It is so basic and so critical that all new Notaries should understand. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans become Notaries. As Notaries they can perform tasks such as Acknowledging signatures, performing Jurats, administering Oaths, and other tasks which might be state specific. Notaries can hold their heads up high as their function is to identify signers, keep good records (in most states at least) and deter or prevent fraud. But, that is only if they are doing their job correctly — and most states do not vet their Notaries well enough to know the difference.

What is a Notary?
(1) A Notary Public is a state appointed official that is authorized to perform particular Notary functions. All states allow Notaries to perform Acknowledgments, Jurats, and Oaths, while some states allow Notaries to act as an official witness, safety box opener, proof of execution, protests, take Depositions, and more.

(2) A Notary receives a formal certificate of commission from their state, and a commission number.

(3) Many states require a Notary to have an official notary seal that has the Notary’s name, commission number, expiration date, state andcounty.

(4) Many states require the Notary to keep a bound and sequential official journal of notarial acts.

To be short, a Notary can perform certain basic Notary functions that their state allows them to function. Their state offers them a formal certificate of commission, and normally allows them to get one or two official Notary seals with their name, commission number, expiration date, city and state, etc. Notaries use prescribed state specific wording for particular Notary acts and that wording can be used on loose certificates that they can purchase from businesses who sell Notary supplies. A Notary is a public official, although most Notaries don’t understand that on an emotional level. They are appointed by their state as an official who will uphold (or at least are supposed to) the laws of their state at all costs.

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January 3, 2017

Who is the Notary?

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — Tags: — admin @ 12:17 am

Who is the Notary?

Frequently, in over a decade of doing this, an occurring event is: a request for backdating, either directly or processing yesterday’s docs today, without updating the date in the notarization. What dates are in the rest of the doc is of no concern to me. One dim bulb in escrow connected me to the LO for “clarification” of the rules. “Any date in the notary section may be used as long as you have the permission of the LO in charge of the transaction”. “The LO has final “say” in all matters”!

Readers, ya better open your window; from here on the stink will be getting worse. Sayeth the LO: the escrow manager told you how to proceed – and the “entries” in question “require” the notary section to conform to the rest of the document. You risk a costly lawsuit if you “intentionally” cause the funding to be cancelled!” That LO must have a PHD (Piled Higher & Deeper) because rarely is so much BS directed in my direction. Mr. LO: MY definition of the “notarization date” is the date the notarization was performed. LO: you are being “an obstructionist”, your insistence will cause financial damage to many, especially to you.

Well, I detect a smidgen of truth in LO’s statement. Specifically the LO will not receive, or have delayed; the commission. So, I make a “small” request. LO, sayeth this humble scribe; I was not aware of the broad scope of your authority over all specific entries in the package. Perhaps I misunderstood my reading of rules and laws governing my actions. Thank You for the new information. I consider myself a fastidious notary, and keep very detailed records regarding the assignments I process. Ours, up this point; have been verbal communications – I need but a moment of your time to add some documentation to the project’s file. Please type out on company stationary what you wish me to do and hand sign it. Also sign under a photocopy of your driver license. Email to me both attachments directly from the computer at your office, not your cell phone. Watta surprise, the requested email never arrives.

Now to today, and it’s nowhere as near egregious as the prior LO BS. Today’s issue was about one of the most basic concepts that govern our daily activities. Namely, who is the notary? Who is the ultimate authority as to what you actually do, and/or permit? It really was about a small thing. On the pre-entered Patriot Act form, the driver license number had a transposition of two digits. The simple fix would be to redo the document. But, that option was not available as the borrower copy was identical; and no blanks were available. I only mentioned it, while at my PC, because a license photocopy (only for return with the docs) had just arrived. When asked if I had the images, I mentioned the need for me to correct and initial the related document: Patriot Act ID form.

That started an email storm that numbered over two dozen! The Bank Officer was insistent that the borrower initial the change – “It’s the borrowers license number, ONLY the borrower has any right to alter what was printed”. What this notary-should-never-be failed to accept (after being told several times) is that I, and only I; am the one signing the form. It is my understanding that all signatories to a document initial any handwritten changes. Only them. It is MY statement as to the ID that I observed, and I am the only one signing the form.

As misunderstanding and not outright fraud was in play, the “signed letter” response seemed overkill. We reached a compromise; something I rarely do. But, in this case, I felt comfortable with being flexible. How about if the borrower initials after I initial? Fine, chirped the BO (sometimes an abbreviation can add a new and justified connotation); as long as I have the borrower initials I’m fine. So was I – because the “solution” came from me, based on my understanding of applicable notary law.

Yes, I know, when the borrower initialed the document, that, in itself, was a change to the document that only I signed. Thus, it “might” follow that I should initial after the borrower initials to “accept” the change (addition of borrower initials) to the document that only I signed. Sorry, I seem to have taken you from a bad smelling situation to one that is making both of us dizzy. Suffice to say that I did not re-initial. I had already initialed and it just seemed absurd to take that path. Back to the main message: you not they, must decide how things are to take place; with the highest objective being notary action legality. However the chips fall, the notary has the final/only say.

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November 11, 2016

The Notary Asylum

The Notary Asylum

We all know what the process is to become a notary — filling out the forms, applying to our Secretary of State, getting our seal, etc. But, what the State Notary Handbook doesn’t tell you is what becomes of Notaries who become crazy as a result of being a Notary.

There are lots of stress-inducers in this business. There are signing companies that don’t pay. Others like to micromanage. Constantly ringing phones, constant excuses for why the money hasn’t arrived when it was supposed to already. These are ingredients for frustration in the sanest of people. Borrowers who want to comb over every page when you’re already late for your next appointment! If our Founding Fathers had dilly-dallied over the signing of the Declaration of Independence as long, they would have told more people than Benjamin Franklin to go fly a kite! Some mistreat their Notaries. Call it Notary Abuse. Some send late eDocuments or send you to borrowers that aren’t even home and didn’t know they had a signing after they instructed you — “don’t call the borrowers.” Inaccurate or missing information is another recipe for frustration. Rates are often different from what was quoted. So no wonder an increasing rate of Notaries are developing varying signs of insanity. There needs to be a place for Notaries who have lost their documents… and minds. So, we decided to create one. It’s called — The Notary Asylum!

NOTARY #1: I run SnapDocs

NOTARY #2: No I run SnapDocs

DOCTOR: I think that both of you have a share in SnapDocs.

NOTARY #1: No, he doesn’t — I run SnapDocs

DOCTOR: Last week you said you ran 123notary

NOTARY #1: Well that was last week. This week I run SnapDocs

DOCTOR: You seem agitated. That’s not a good sign.

NOTARY #2: Ahhhhhhhhh!

DOCTOR: What’s the matter?

NOTARY #2: You said “sign.”

NOTARY #1: Ahhhhhhhhh!

DOCTOR: Sorry. Forget about your work. You don’t need me to… the s word… any document. You needn’t get all fired up about it.

NOTARY #2: Speaking of fired, last week I ran the NNA. I fired a lot of people too.

DOCTOR: Well, what does your paperwork say? Do you have documents proving your ownership?

NOTARY #1: I don’t need to.

NOTARY #2: I didn’t get paid; I didn’t get paid; I didn’t get paid. Shoot Docs never paid me.

DOCTOR: There is no Shoot Docs.

NOTARY #2: Are you going to not pay me as well? You never pay me.

DOCTOR: I am a psychiatric analyst. It is not my job to pay you. The state pays me.

NOTARY #2: Well at least somebody pays somebody around here.

DOCTOR: You’re both fine looking patients.

NOTARY #1: I don’t call paying us compliments paying us.

DOCTOR: I was just giving you my seal of approval.

NOTARY #1 and #2: Ahhhhhhhhh!

DOCTOR: “Seal.” Sorry, I give you my oath…

NOTARY #1 and #2: Ahhhhhhhhh!

DOCTOR: … that I’ll be more careful next time. As for now, I recommend that both of you take a break from… you know. Enjoy something that doesn’t remind you of your… you know.

NOTARY #1: That sounds wonderful.

DOCTOR: I’m releasing the both of you. Fill these prescriptions at your pharmacy. It’ll help you relax.

NOTARY #2: (reading) You forgot to sign it.

DOCTOR and NOTARY #1 and NOTARY #2: Ahhhhhhhhh!

One way to restore your sanity in the notary world: Know that you’re not alone if frustrations sometimes get the better of you. Being aware of what can go wrong can sometimes prepare you to ride out the frustrations when they occur. If you develop a Zen-like attitude and let at least some of it roll off your back, the next time a vendor doesn’t have yours (back, that is) you’ll commit yourself to moving on, not the notary asylum!

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October 19, 2016

Notary Butt Dialing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — admin @ 10:34 pm

Notary Butt Dialing – No Ifs ands or Butts

When it comes to Notary butt dialing, there are no ifs, ands, or butts. One Notary had a cell phone with a waterproof case. His acupuncturist spilled massage oil all over his last phone, ruining it. So, the Notary bought a waterproof case that gradually disintegrated over time to the point where the lock screen button in the plastic fell off. So, the Notary couldn’t lock his phone without sticking a key through the plastic to the phone’s actual metal button – and putting the metal to the metal.

So, just once, this Notary decided not to lock the phone as he put it in his pocket. He put it on the page with the 16 icons and thought — what are the chances the iphone will have the green phone icon pressed? That’s one out of 16, and if it does, what are the chances it will actually call someone. After, two minutes, the phone had already called two people this Notary actually really wanted to talk to whom he hadn’t talked to in years. He was starting to trust his butt more than his fingers!

But, what if you butt-dialed an actual signing company? Would they think that the Notary was an actual butt-head? Would the two of them butt heads together?

At least the notary wasn’t just sitting on his butt like the feeling you get from lenders who are late in sending documents. This notary’s butt was being proactive! And rather than risk a traffic ticket or his life while talking into his cell while driving, this notary could butt-dial and drive at the same time. Driver’s seats should come equipped with built-in cell phones. Rear-view mirrors, welcome your new modern cousin – rear-sensitive seats!

If smartphones can let you digitally sign for things, it might not be long before we see smartphones for butt-dialing clients. By flexing the precise posterior muscle, maybe someday they’ll be able to sign documents in remote locations. Face to face notary encounters, make way for butt cheek to butt cheek encounters.

And now for my reBUTTal: One notary accidentally butt-dialing someone he might want to do business with is like hitting the lottery – the odds are against it. The stories of desperate gamblers who think otherwise too often REAR their ugly heads. END of story. Now if you’ll excuse me, my butt is calling.

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October 14, 2016

The Notary Guru — Follow me to enlightenment!

Filed under: Humorous Posts — Tags: , — admin @ 12:03 pm

Follow me and you’ll find enlightenment, claimed The Notary Guru. This turban toting charlatan had fooled many Notaries into believing in him. But, little did these desperate souls realize they were being taken for a ride.

NOTARY GURU: But, you must believe! Otherwise terrible things will happen!

FOLLOWER: But, I got certified by all these agencies and nothing happened.

NOTARY GURU: The real certification happens from within.

FOLLOWER: I’m not following you.

NOTARY GURU: How can a follower not be following me?

FOLLOWER: Okay, I’m following you again.

NOTARY GURU: You need to have inner knowledge.

FOLLOWER: And how do I get that?

NOTARY GURU: From studying

FOLLOWER: I did that and passed.

NOTARY GURU: Did you advertise on 123notary?

FOLLOWER: Of course I did.

NOTARY GURU: But, did you get reviews?

FOLLOWER: Ooops. So, that’s what I did wrong.

NOTARY GURU: It is what you didn’t do grasshopper. Look within!

FOLLOWER: I’m starting to wish I still had those X-Ray specs I bought as a kid. How will looking within help me get more reviews?

NOTARY GURU: Being mindful and asking your best clients for reviews might help.

FOLLOWER: Guru-ji, what is the sound of one hand embossing?

NOTARY GURU: The answer will come from within. In the meantime, I need this stack of 10,000 documents embossed. Emboss on, emboss off, don’t forget to breathe, very important.

FOLLOWER: Next you’ll be telling my heart – don’t forget to pump. What a quack!

NOTARY GURU: And meditate on oneness. Once you succeed at that meditate on 123-ness.

FOLLOWER: Hey, do you work for 123notary? Is this some type of scam?

NOTARY GURU: The reason you feel like this is that in a past life you were a Notary in the clerk’s office in medieval France. Your boss asked you to go to Paris to pass a higher level Notary test, but you failed and were accused of cheating. The authorities caught you and you died at the guillotine.

FOLLOWER: Talk about forgetting to breathe. Oh my God, no wonder I have such a problem with the idea of passing these tests. No wonder I have a bad attitude.

NOTARY GURU: That is part of the problem. The other part of the problem is that you have not attained 123-ness. Get some reviews on your 123notary listing and you will attain that state of being.

FOLLOWER: Wow, maybe you aren’t a quack after all. And maybe 123notary will pay out for me if only I would just do what Jeremy and the Notary Guru recommend.

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October 10, 2016

A comprehensive guide to Notary organizations

Are you a Notary? Do you want to join some Notary organizations? There are many of them out there. Some help educate Notaries while others have helplines or hotlines. Some sell Notary supplies while others help Notaries advertise their services.

123notary.com
http://www.123notary.com/
123notary.com has been around since 1999 and helps Notaries advertise their Mobile Notary services online. Title, Escrow, Signing Companies, Attorneys and individuals love using 123notary to find some of the best trained and most experienced Notaries anywhere. 123notary also sells loan signing courses and has a very entertaining and informative blog. Check out their list of signing companies with reviews to see who you should and shouldn’t be working for.

National Notary Association
https://www.nationalnotary.org/
The NNA has been around since 1957 as a California Notary Association to help Notaries with educational resources and tools. In 1964 it became a National Association. NNA sells Notary supplies, errors & omissions insurance, education to help pass the Notary exam and become a signing agent, andmore… Advertise your signing agent services on signingagent.com

Notary Rotary
http://www.notaryrotary.com
Notary Rotary has been around for decades and offers a very potent way for Notaries to advertise their services. They also sell seals, and E&O insurance. Signing Agents can place an add and get found based on how close they are to the zip code being searched for.

SnapDocs
http://www.snapdocs.com/
This organization makes it easy to find newer Notaries who work for cheap as well as providing a system for downloading documents. More seasoned Notaries are complaining that SnapDocs is contributing to the lowering of fees in the industry. We recommend this organization for newer Notaries who want to get their foot in the door.

American Society of Notaries
http://www.notaries.org/
ASN offers a phoneline for technical support just in case Notaries have a question while on the job. They also sell Notary supplies and more.

American Association of Notaries
http://www.notarypublicstamps.com
Buy your stamps from the AAN!

Notary Café
https://notarycafe.com/
Notary Cafe is a smaller directory of Notaries that seems to specialize in the more serious Notaries. We do not have records to show how popular their directory has been in the last few years, but they have been popular for a long time.

Pennsylvania Association of Notaries
https://www.notary.org/
Need help becoming a Notary in Pennsylvania? Try this organization.

California Association of Notaries
http://www.calnotaries.com/
This is yet another Notary directory.

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October 3, 2016

If you were hiring a Notary, what would you look for?

Most Notaries are missing the point. They know how good they are or how good they think they are. However, they do not understand the perspective of someone looking for a Notary. A skilled shopper has dealt with thousands of Notaries and can cut through the fluff in your profile faster than you can say backdate. The point is not how good you think you are, but creating the right impression so that pro Title companies think that you are the right type of Notary.

I heave dealt with 40,000 Notaries in my career. I see right through the fluff. The minute someone describes themself as professional or reliable, the only thought that goes through my head is that this person has nothing of value to say, so they substitute baseless adjectives for real information. A Notary who is “all that” would have something of substance to say about themselves. They would describe the types of loans they know how to sign and have something worthwhile about how they do their job.

What I hate most is how Notaries spend three paragraphs telling you how all client information will be held confidential and the integrity of the signing is of utmost importance. This tells me nothing except that you know how to waste space telling me a bunch of fluff. Obviously the information is confidential unless you are an identity thief. But, the identity thief is not going to advertise that they are going to sell your client’s information, are they? So, stick to useful facts.

If I can read three paragraphs of your writing and immediately tell that you are a person with experience and knowledge, I might just call you. The ones who write the fluff will not get called unless they have some certifications from agencies that I have faith in — like my own!

The people who browse 123notary are looking for:

1. Current reviews — not reviews from 2011

2. A well written notes section — not a notes section with lots of fluff and self-aggrandizing adjectives

3. General Facts. Facts about what you know how to do, where you go, who you are a member of, equipment, etc.

4. Well organized information. You might have all the facts, but if they are in a jumble, nobody wants to read that.

5. No mistakes — if you make spelling or grammar mistakes, that is proof to me that you will make mistakes on a signing — and don’t try to talk your way out of that. It is a proven fact!

6. Uniqueness — if you can say something interesting and classy about yourself that others cannot say, that counts for you. People are tired of reading what looks like copied and pasted notes sections that look generic. Most notes sections could be true of thousands of Notaries on any directory. So, by being refreshingly unique in a fun and cool way, you attract others.

7. 123notary.com certification — people who use our site want OUR certification, NOT NNA’s. It doesn’t hurt to have NNA”s, but everyone else has it, so it won’t make you stand out. Only the cream of the crop can pass our test, so it proves yourself.

8. High Placement — high placement isn’t free, and browsers know that. If you put your money where it counts, people will respect how serious and dedicated you are. So, spend some money and get a good spot on 123notary if you take your business seriously.

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September 30, 2016

Notary Jury Duty 2

The original dated January 6th ended up in a mistrial.

A group of Notaries was subpoened to be on the jury of a heavy duty murder case. The actual details of the murder were very peculiar though.

An actual Notary was hired to witness the murder. But, the Notary needed to reschedule the murder so it could be on the same date as the document which the Attorney needed another day to draft. So, the murderer said,

MURDERER: Okay, no problem, I can come back tomorrow. I’m available the whole day as a matter of fact. I’m good at killing time too as a matter of fact.

MURDER VICTIM: Gee, I’m not sure that tomorrow’s convenient for me. And by the way, you’re really killing my schedule by moving the murder to tomorrow.

NOTARY: My Attorney says the murder documents will be ready by 1pm.

MURDERER: Now, wait a second. If I’m going to commit a murder, wouldn’t it be better if there were no witnesses?

NOTARY: Well, technically yes, but since being a witness is an integral part of my profession, I’d kind of prefer to be involved in watching the prodeedings.

MURDER VICTIM: You know, I’d be a whole lot more comfortable with that too. Considering that after the fact, there would be some testimony on my behalf.

MURDERER: After the fact? There ain’t after the fact, at least not for you’s.

During Jury Selection
The prosecuting Attorney originally wanted to remove any Notaries from the Jury due to the fact that they might be biased for the Notary — or against the Notary since the Notary made some technical mistakes. But, then he changed his mind as only a Notary would be familiar enough with the circumstances of the crime to be a good juror. So, he and the defending Attorney both agreed to pick only Notaries in the jury.

In the actual murder, the murderer signed a pre-confession affidavit in front of the Notary admitting to being about to kill the victim. The victim also signed and dated the form using his own blood in a fountain pen. Fortunately, the victim showed in a timely manner for the murder, otherwise the murder date would not have coincided with the date of the freshly drafted document. Since the victim was chained to the toilet in the bathroom, so he had no choice other than to be on time. The Notary found it suitable for the victim to be chained to the toilet as the victim was a “regular” client.

The murderer, however, used a fake ID during the signing and did not thumbprint the journal, and then proceeded to murder the victim as well as the Notary. That’ll teach him to notarize at murders! Since the documents had fake names on them, the only way to identify the murderer was with DNA samples.

Trial Introduction
The judge informed the Notaries that it would be a 17 day trial involving professional witnesses, DNA experts, and neighbors who were witnesses as well as a clairvoyant who would interview the deceased Notary who was the primary witness even though that evidence was not admissable in court. The Notaries asked if they could have walk-in clients come during the trial so they could make a little extra money above and beyond the 31 cents per mile travel allowance. The judge said yes if he got 50% of the proceeds.

The Trial
The trial ended because another Notary waiting by the door. Aparantly the signing company double booked the appointment, and Notary #2 was just waiting by the door and heard everything. Additionally, Notary #2 saw the murderer come down the stairs and out the door with blood on his hands and was able to positively identify the perpetrator. So, the trial ended after 8 days due to this Notarial witness who appeared out of nowhere.

The Ending
Although the Notaries all agreed that the murderer was guilty, the murderer became a huge celebrity and posts about him went viral. Suddenly everybody in America wanted his autograph. But, did the autograph need to be notarized?

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September 29, 2016

Notary Aptitude Test 2

(1) Notary Stamp is to Notary Seal what Attest is to:
(a) A test and a verbal verification (b) swearing and stating (c) The 123notary signing agent online test and proof (d) Oath and affirmation.

(2) Document Date is to Signing Date what Match.com date is to:
(a) Ditching date (b) Marriage date (c) Engagement date (d) Backdate (e) No relation

(3) Backdating is to signing what _____________ is to lying about your age.
(a) Match.com profiles (b) rescission date (c) Notary Applications (if you’re under 18 or not a US citizen) (d) notarizing an acknowledgment an hour before your signing appointment.

(4) Name on Title is to Name on a Document as name on Birth Certificate is to:
(a) Name on your ID (b) Your street aliases (c) Death Certificate (d) Mother’s maiden name

(5) Jurat is to Oath, what Oath is to:
(a) Quaker Oaths (b) Oath written text (c) Swearing (d) Attest

(6) Original document is to wet ink signature as commission paperwork is to:
(a) Secretary of State’s seal (b) name of your state (c) Felony conviction (d) Commission impossible

(7) Venue is to State what State is to:
(a) Secretary of State (b) City (c) County (d) Zip code

(8) Witness is to bank robbery what Notary act is to:
(a) Acknowledgment (b) Jurat (c) Protest (d) Unmarked Bills

(9) Subpoena is to testify what credible witness is to:
(a) Busy-body (b) Bank Robber (c) Subscribing Witness (d) Identify

(10) Middle initial is to document what ___________ is to identification
(a) Name (b) Middle Name (c) Matching or longer (d) Name on Title

(11) Digital signature is to an eSigning what a/an ________________ is to the future of the Notary profession.
(a) eDocuments (b) Notary (c) eNotary (d) 123notary

(12) SnapDocs is to the Notary Profession what Walmart is to:
(a) eBay (b) Retail (c) Amazon (d) Life

ANSWERS:

1. Note to readers, seal has two meanings. It could mean a stamp, or a signature). Answer (a) is correct even though it is part joke and part true.

2. (e) is the correct answer as the document date is arbitrary and could be any date, and has no relation to the signing date although it is commonly the same date as the signing date by convention.

3. (a) Match.com profiles typically have women who lie about their age and roll back the years about five to ten years. But, do men also backdate their age?

4. The name on Title is your official name that the property is registered to which carries a certain amount of official merit to it and permenance just like the name on your birth certificate. However, people do change their names after the fact that could lead to different names on the document or ID. Correct answer is (a).

5. (c) Swearing is a part of the Oath just like an Oath is a part of the Jurat process.

6-12 Figure it out on your own! That was fun!

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