Q. Can a Notary help draft documents?
A. You should not unless you have authorization to draft legal documents. Ask an Attorney for details.
Q. Can I notarize for a person who doesn’t speak my language?
A. As a general rule, a Notary needs direct communication with the signer, so sign up for Berlitz courses today!
Q. Can a Notary also be a witness?
A. As a general rule you can, and in some states it is even an official Notary Act to be a witness.
Q. Can a Notary assist in filling out an I-9?
A. This sounds like it might be a legal document and you should ask an Attorney if you can help fill it out. I would decline filling out forms for people unless you are a professional at doing exactly that.
Q. Can you amend a document that has already been notarized?
A. No, but you can have your client draft a new version of the document and notarize the new version from scratch.
Q. Do I need to keep a journal?
A. That is a state specific question that varies from state to state. However, since your journal is your only evidence in court if fraud is committed, it is suicide not to keep one. We also recommend journal thumbprints since some signers might be using false ID.
Q. How can I get more business?
A. 123notary has written a new course called Notary Public 102 which discusses how to get more business. Additionally, being the master of your trade and knowing your Notary basics inside out really help. Paying your dues working for low paying signings is another way to get experience which in turn helps attract more business.
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